Monday, June 13, 2011

Arizona's Lawmakers a Little Less-Educated Than Average

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Arizona's lawmakers hold fewer degrees than the average state legislator, according to a new report in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The report found that about 27 percent of Arizona's state lawmakers do not hold a bachelor's degree, compared to 25 percent of state legislators in the nation.

In Arizona, 16 percent of lawmakers reported having completed "no college," while 11 percent said they had completed "some college." Seventy percent of our state legislators hold a bachelor's degree, and about half of those reported education beyond their bachelor's degree. (The figures are rounded, and therefore don't add up to 100 percent.)

Within the general population of Arizona, only 25 percent of people have a bachelor's degree or more.

California had the highest proportion of degree-holding lawmakers, at 90 percent, while New Hampshire had the lowest, at 53.4 percent.

To see an interactive map showing the report's findings and to learn where state legislators went to college and what kind of degrees they earned, visit the Chronicle's website here.

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