Florida state officials elected to Congress at higher rate than in most other states

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An above average ratio of Florida’s congressional delegation served first in the state legislature, according to a study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. About 59 percent of Floridian senators and representatives were previously elected to the Florida House or Senate. This compares with a national average of 50 percent.

For a few states, 100 percent of Congress members were first state officials: Hawaii, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho. In North Dakota and Delaware, however, no current member of Congress had been first elected to state office.