State Legislators and College Attainment

The majority of state legislators have completed college. This is according to a new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education which indicates that of some 74.7 percent of all state lawmakers have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Almost 41 percent of state legislators have advanced degrees.

The percentages, unsurprisingly, vary from state to state. Some 89.9 percent of California legislators have completed college while only 53 percent of New Hampshire legislators report having a bachelor’s degree.

Since they’re the ones who vote on funding for state college, degree attainment of state elected officials is potentially important. Still, degree attainment doesn’t really indicate much about levels of support. California has been enthusiastically gutting higher education funding for the last few decades. This is also true, to different degrees, in states all across the country.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer