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Legislators in California

Attorneys scarce Among Legislators

Legislatures in the United States have been losing attorneys steadily for decades. The drop in the share of lawyers elected in California has been among the most dramatic:
1969: 61%
1999: 34%
November’s election continued the trend.
Before: 19.5%
After: 17.6%

Yet California legislators were more likely than those in any other state to hold university degrees, according to a 2011 survey:
Bachelor’s degree: 90% (national average 75%)
Graduate degree: 48% (national average 41%)

And law is the third most common professional field among California state legislators taking office January 2015, behind management and politics.*
Management: 34
Politics: 25
Law: 20
Education: 17
Other: 23

California has the nation’s highest share of legislators who’ve made a career of making laws, at 80 percent. In most states, the figure is below 50 percent.

Number of states where less than 10 percent of lawmakers listed lawmaking as their full-time job (in 2007): 30
California legislators earn more than those in any other state (the national average in 2014 was about $28,620, plus daily expense allowances of $0 to $234). And they represent more people.
California legislators’ salary: $95,291 plus expenses
Residents represented by each Assembly Member: 475,000
Residents represented by each state Senator: 950,000

* Management includes business, nonprofit, and agriculture. The count totals 119 because one seat is vacant.
Sources: National Council of State Legislatures; California Assembly member staff; California Senate staff; 2014 election results.

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