Who Governs? A Look at the Demographics of State Legislators

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Who Governs? A Look at the Demographics of State Legislators

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

A new study jointly conducted by NCSL and The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline found that state lawmakers are less diverse than the country in general, but they reflect the wide variety of people they serve more closely than ever before. This webinar presents findings from the 50-state assessment of the demographics of the nation’s state legislators, including new data on race/ethnicity, gender, education, occupations, age and religion. There’s certainly nothing average about the nation’s 7,383 legislators, and important insights can be found by looking at these demographic trends across the 50 states. 


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  • Brian Weberg, director of legislative studies, NCSL


  • Karl Kurtz, president, Legis Matters
  • Scott Greenberger, executive editor, Stateline

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This webinar is made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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