Distance and State Legislators Occupational Composition

Authors: Jesse Andrews*, Oklahoma State University
Topics: Political Geography
Keywords: State Legislators, Political Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This project analyzes how distance from state legislative districts to state capitols effect the occupational makeup of state legislative bodies. The study controls for a number factors, including the length of legislative meeting times, number of members, party affiliation and demographic factors. The study concludes that legislator commute times are a potentially important but little discussed factor influencing the occupational makeup of state legislatures. This effect is most acute in states with longer travel distances to the state capitol and those with part time legislative bodies.

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