WA lawmakers older, richer, less diverse than us

WA lawmakers older, richer, less diverse than us

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WA lawmakers older, richer, less diverse than us

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

SEATTLE  -- A Seattle Times analysis has found Washington state's 147-member Legislature is wealthier, older and less diverse than the people it represents.

The newspaper reports a typical state lawmaker is a mid-50s white guy.

Although Washington is supposed to have a part-time "citizen Legislature," the Times  analysis of financial-disclosure reports found that about 27 percent of state lawmakers hold no outside job.

Some of them depend solely on their state salary, plus per diems, but most also have supplemental income such as pensions, investments or a working spouse.

Several full-time legislators are financially independent and appear in no real need of a state salary.

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