The Washington Times - June 13, 2011, 12:45PM

Only California beats Virginia in higher education achievement by state lawmakers.

Of Virginia’s 140 legislators (100 in the House and 40 in the Senate), 89 percent have graduated from college and 58 percent have earned advanced degrees. On average, about 75 percent of all state lawmakers in the U.S. have at least a bachelor’s degree. California tops them all, at 90 percent, with Virginia just behind. Next in line are Nebraska, 88 percent; New York, 87 percent; and Florida, 86 percent.


Coming in last was Arkansas, where almost 25 percent of its legislators never attended college at all. In Virginia, 5 percent didn’t attend college, while another 6 percent did, but never graduated.

The study was done by the Chronicle of Higher Education to track whether attaining higher degree translates into spending more on higher education.