The Congressional Research Service notes that the vast majority of Members (95 percent) had an academic degree: 168 Representatives and 57 Senators had a law degree. Of these, five (three Representative and two Senators) also hold a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.
In respect to this, how many members of Congress are not lawyers?
In the last Congress, 39 percent of the House members were lawyers, along with 57 percent of U.S. senators. Four new lawyers were elected to the Senate and 16 were elected to the House in 2014, according to a list published by the National Law Journal.
What percentage of Congress members have law degrees?
169 Members of the House (38% of the House) and 57 Senators (57% of the Senate), held law degrees. 19 House Representatives have doctoral (Ph.D. or D.Phil.) degrees.
Can a lawyer be a politician?
On the other hand, the decline of lawyers in politics might mean that law and the judiciary become less politicized in the years to come, since the legal profession will attract fewer people with express political views. On most votes, there isn't a discernible difference between lawyers and non-lawyers.