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who is in Congress…. | September 16, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-a-politicians-background-can-tell-you/2011/09/16/gIQAX3lSXK_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein

What a politician’s former job can tell you

Posted by Brad Plumer at 11:14 AM ET, 09/16/2011

Who runs for Congress? Political scientist John Sides discusses a fascinating new paper by Duke’s Nicholas Carnes, who finds that, since 1901, the House has been dominated by business people, lawyers, and other private-sector and service professionals. Just a tiny fraction of Congress comes out of the working class. And that matters because a politician’s occupational background tends to be a fairly good predictor of his or her political attitudes. Here’s the chart:

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