Where Did Congress Go To College? [Infographic]
Republican 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.
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