The Makeup of the Lege, From Education to Employment

If state lawmakers in the 83rd legislative session ever need legal representation, they will not have to look far; nearly a third of their colleagues are lawyers. If they want a tutorial on newfangled technology, they will have help — the Legislature, with its dozens of new members, is getting increasingly youthful, according to research of legislative records.

And as the 180 current legislators prepare for debates over higher education spending and accountability, they will bring varied experiences to the table: Nearly one-third of them went to a private college or university, and nearly two-thirds went to public schools. Four went ...

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