Legislators' Occupations in all States, 1976, 1986, 1993,1995, 2007 (percentages)

Occupation

1976

1986

1993

1995

2007

Attorney

22.3%

16.4%

16.5%

15.5%

15.2%

Full-Time Legislator

2.7%

11.5%

14.9%

14.0%

16.4%

Business Owner

15.8%

13.8%

10.0%

12.3%

9.2%

Agriculture

9.7%

9.9%

7.9%

7.7%

5.3%

Retired

*

6.7%

7.2%

7.6%

11.7%

Business: Executive/Manager

5.4%

5.8%

6.2%

5.4%

8.7%

Educator: K-12

8.0%

5.7%

6.2%

5.5%

3.9%

Business: Nonmanager

4.4%

4.6%

5.1%

3.9%

2.8%

Consultant/Professional/Nonprofit

5.7%

3.0%

3.5%

5.2%

8.4%

Real Estate

5.2%

4.2%

3.2%

4.3%

3.5%

Insurance

5.3%

3.4%

3.2%

3.2%

1.8%

Communications/Arts

2.7%

2.0%

2.4%

2.1%

2.4%

Medical

*

1.8%

2.4%

2.5%

3.6%

Government Employee: Local

3.4%

1.3%

2.1%

2.1%

1.4%

Educator: College

*

2.0%

2.0%

1.9%

1.7%

Homemaker

*

1.0%

1.3%

1.1%

.6%

Engineer/Scientist/Architect

*

1.0%

1.2%

1.4%

1.6%

Accountant

*

0.7%

0.7%

0.7%

.5%

Government Employee: State

*

0.1%

0.4%

0.4%

1.0%

Clergy

*

0.4%

0.4%

0.4%

.6%

Labor Union

.6%

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

.2%

Student

*

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

.2%

Information Not Available

*

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

0%

Insufficient Information

9.3%

3.1%

2.5%

2.5%

0%

*2007 - Total State Legislative Seats - 7,382