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By Max Behlke

The 115th Congress, which gaveled in this week, features 59 new faces.

CongressThe House’s 52-member freshmen class, includes 23 former state legislators, thus ensuring that a majority of the members of the House are former state legislators.

On the other side of Capitol Hill, seven Senators were sworn in for the first time. Of the new Senators, only Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), who moved from the House and won the seat vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski, had previously served in a state legislature.

In total, 266 members of the House and Senate, or just under 50 percent have served as state legislators. This percentage is consistent with the numbers from the last nine Congresses.

The list of former state legislators who now serve in Congress can be found here. NCSL has also compiled a list of former state legislators that have served as President, Vice President, and in previous Congresses here

Max Behlke is manager, state-federal relations in the NCSL Washington, D.C. office.

Contct Max.

 

 

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