Where Did Congress Go To College? [Infographic]

Rick Santorum Americans college CongressRepublican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum sought to make some political hay last weekend by taking President Obama to task for purportedly saying he wants all Americans to go to college.

Speaking to a gathering of some 1,000 conservative activists in Troy, Mich., on Saturday, Santorum called the president a "snob" for wanting "everybody in America to go to college."

There are plenty of hardworking people, the Pennsylvania native said to the gathering, "who go out and work hard everyday and put their skills to test that aren't taught by some liberal college professor [who tries] to indoctrinate them."

Yet, as Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson points out, Santorum himself has no shortage of sheepskin. He holds three college degrees, including an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from Pennsylvania State University.

In fact, every member of the U.S. Senate -- the legislative body of which Santorum was a member until he was defeated in a reelection bid in 2006 -- has at least attended college, and many like Santorum have law degrees.

The Constitution, of course, doesn't require that senators have a college degree -- or even a high school diploma, for that matter. It only requires that those seeking to become a senator be at least 30 years of age, a U.S. citizen for nine years and an inhabitant of the state in which he or she is seeking office.

The most popular alma mater among the current roster of senators is Harvard University, from which eight lawmakers have received degrees -- six Democrats and two Republicans. Yale University is the second most popular with six graduates -- all of them Democrats. (Among the five presidents who attended Yale, however, the majority are Republicans. They include William H. Taft, George H.W. Bush, George Bush and Gerald Ford. The lone Democrat is Bill Clinton.)

Georgetown University, with five alumni, and George Washington University, with four, are the next most popular alma maters among current members of the U.S. Senate, while 11 other institutions of higher learning can claim at least two alumni in the upper body.

For more on the colleges the lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives have attended as well as the legislators' fields of study, check out the infographic below by Crisp360 Career Development, an online resource for information-technology and business professionals.


Where did Congress go to college - infographic


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Bob

Tricia: The story clearly says, "...a U.S. citizen for nine years and an inhabitant of the state in which he or she is seeking office."

That means being a U.S. citizen for nine years, not an inhabitant of the state for nine years.

Reading is fundamental. I take it you didn't attend ANY of the prestigious colleges mentioned.

May 16 2012 at 6:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tricia Colin

What about Hilary Rodham Clinton, I did not think she lived in New York for 9 years before becoming a senator.

February 29 2012 at 9:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Where Did Congress Go To College?

Dewey,Cheetum and Howe Univ......

February 29 2012 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
records41

A congressional candidate running as a Republican in the upcoming Illinois primary says the “Holocaust never happened.”

Arthur Jones, 64, a Lyons, IL, insurance salesman who organizes family-friendly, neo-Nazi events around Adolf Hitler’s birthday, hopes to be the Republican candidate chosen to run against Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Jones said. “It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV.

"The more survivors, the more lies that are told."

February 29 2012 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Abel Garcia

In the town where I used to live, our US congressman only had a high school education! You guessed it, he was a Democrat. On another note, 99% pof the congressman seem to have a High School education and seemed tol be asleep during their college years especially in Economics class or perhaps they never went to Economics class.

February 29 2012 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Abel Garcia

In the town where I used to live, my congressman only had a high school degree! You guessed it, he was a Democrat. On another note, most if not all seem to have a high school degree and were asleep throughout their college years especially in Economics class.

February 29 2012 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John B Thomas

Our congressman graduated Clarkson U with an engineering degree. Became an assemblyman,retierd and became a congressman. Never worked a day in his engineering field to the best of my knowledge. Usefull.....................

February 29 2012 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sheph

I'd be far more interested to know where they learned how to add and subtract because it seems most of them haven't quite gotten the hang of that.

February 29 2012 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TengSow

Sounds like a pretty good plan to me dude,. Wow.

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February 29 2012 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wongtpa

I don't care where they went to school. I worry about how they respect their constituents!

February 29 2012 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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