How Lawmakers’ Day Jobs Affect Policy Decisions In Idaho

Dec 10, 2012

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Almost half of the legislators in Idaho work in agriculture or business when they’re not making policy in Boise.

Over the last month, StateImpact Idaho has collected basic demographic information on the 2013 Idaho Legislature.  Some of the information we gathered came directly from lawmakers. Some of it was gathered from Project Vote Smart, the Idaho Legislature, or Nexis.

We wanted to better understand the makeup of the Legislature, and whether the people making laws in Idaho truly represent the overall population.  When you look solely at occupation, it’s safe to say Idaho’s citizen Legislature isn’t very representative of Idaho.  Click here to continue reading...