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College-Educated Kentucky Lawmakers

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has been studying the education levels of state lawmakers in the United States.  The state with the most college-educated lawmakers is California, with 90 percent.  New Hampshire, with 53 percent, has the least.   The national average is around 75 percent, slightly lower than Kentucky’s 77 percent

Sixty-eight percent of Kentucky lawmakers with degrees went to in-state colleges, and most of the schools they attended were public. 

The University of Kentucky, with 37, wins bragging rights for the most graduates in the legislature. 

The next six, in order, are the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State and Murray State. 

Twelve percent of Kentucky lawmakers have no college education, compared to 54 percent of the state’s population as a whole.

  

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