Legislator Occupations for the Past 150 Years

Membership in the General Assembly is ostensibly a part-time position, meaning that most legislators have jobs other than making the laws of our state. This is changing, however, as the number one occupation reported today by General Assembly members is legislator. Farmers used to be the dominant profession of legislators, but there are no farmers in the legislature today. Lawyer is the most consistently popular occupation for legislators.

Top Professions 2014

  1. Legislator
  2. Lawyer
  3. Business Owner
  4. Real Estate
  5. Consultant

Top Professions 1964

  1. Lawyer
  2. Retired
  3. Housewife
  4. Insurance
  5. Farmer

Top Professions 1914

  1. Farmer
  2. Lawyer
  3. Merchant
  4. Manufacturer
  5. Retired

Top Professions 1864

  1. Farmer
  2. Manufacturer
  3. Lawyer
  4. Trader
  5. Merchant

Source: Connecticut Register and Manual 2013, 1964, 1914, and 1864.