Report: Texas Legislature has greatest percentage of lawyers
As a hub for tort reform and conservative rhetoric, Texas might be expected to have a statehouse with a demonstrable anti-attorney bias. If that’s the case, then Texas lawmakers are a self-loathing bunch. According to a new nationwide study by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Texas has the highest percentage of state legislators with a law degree.
Texas is the only place where more than 30 percent of state legislators have a law degree (30.4 percent). Rounding out the top 5 are Florida (29.4 percent), New York (29.2 percent), Virginia (28.6 percent) and Massachusetts (27.6 percent). Overall, 17.2 percent of state lawmakers in the U.S. have law degrees.
With 86.2 percent of state lawmakers having a bachelor’s degree or more, Texas ranks fifth overall in the country, behind California (89.9 percent), Virginia (88.6 percent), Nebraska (87.3 percent) and New York (86.8 percent). Overall, 74.7 percent of state lawmakers in the U.S. have a bachelor’s degree or more.
By comparison, about 25 percent of Texans have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 46 percent did not attend college at all. Read more…