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Florida's GOP-dominated Legislature among the most educated in the country



The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that 85 percent of Florida lawmakers have college degrees, a percentage that puts the state among the top 10 in the country. The Florida Current crunches the state's numbers:

That breaks down to 34 percent who completed bachelor’s degrees and 52 percent who completed some postgraduate study. While the number of bachelor-earning legislators in Florida is right at the national average, the number of those doing some post-graduate work is fully 11 percent above the national average.

...California tops the list with 89.9 percent; followed by Virginia at 88.6 percent, Nebraska with 87.3 percent, New York with 86.8 percent and Texas weighs at 86.2 percent.

Researchers also found that a little more than half of all state legislators -- in Florida as well as nationally -- attended college in their home state, and the vast majority -- 134 of them -- went to public postsecondary institutions. Thirty-eight legislators list the University of Florida as their alma mater, while 26 went to Florida State. Twelve went to Miami Dade College, 11 to Stetson University, seven to Florida International University and six went to each of the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:20am]


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