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Texas Politics - The Legislative Branch
 
 
 
Legislature age and occupation profiles Legislature age and occupation profiles
3.6    Age and Occupation

Another, informal qualification that continues to be important is age - specifically, it helps to be middle aged or older. While the members of the House of Representatives tend to be younger than those of the Senate, 80 percent were at least forty years old in the 2003-2004 legislature, and 44 percent were at least fifty years old. Some 77 percent of the Senate in the same session were at least fifty years old.

Additionally, it helps to be either a lawyer or businessperson. Twenty-nine percent of the legislators in the 2003-2004 legislature were lawyers. Another 28 percent of the House and a whopping 60 percent of the Senate listed business or accounting as their professions. If you add farming/ranching, insurance and real estate to the "business" category, you can see the overwhelming presence of business interests that actually reside in the statehouse. This chapter includes an interactive tool that allows you to examine the characteristics of Texas legislators and compare the chambers to each other and to the legislature as a whole.

Texas Politics:
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University of Texas at Austin
3rd Edition - Revision 115
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