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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 8 -- Profile of Members of Congress.


Everyone knows that Washington is full of lawyers.

But did you know that the 109th Congress (that's this one) also has:

- 12 medical doctors (including a psychiatrist), three dentists, three nurses, two veterinarians, two psychologists, an optometrist, and one pharmacist;

- six ministers;

- 35 mayors, 10 state governors, nine lieutenant governors (including two Delegates), two state first ladies (one of whom was also the first lady of the United States), and one territorial first lady;

- three former cabinet secretaries, a former Secretary of the Navy, a former deputy administrator in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a former deputy assistant Secretary of State, a former ambassador, two state supreme court justices, and a federal judge;

- 274 (235 in the House and 39 in the Senate) former state legislators;

- 107 congressional staffers (including 10 congressional pages), 16 White House staffers or fellows, several former executive branch employees, and a former parliamentary aide in the British House of Commons;

- four sheriffs, three police officers (including a Capitol policeman), two state troopers, two volunteer firemen, two probation officers, and a border patrol chief;

- two FBI agents, one CIA agent, and one CIA attache;

- two physicists, two chemists, a biomedical researcher, a biomedical engineer, a geologist, and a microbiologist;

- six Peace Corps volunteers;

- three radio broadcasters, two radio talk show hosts, a television
sportscaster, a television reporter, a television talk show host, and a motivational speaker;

- five accountants;

- a commercial airline pilot, a corporate pilot, a flight school instructor, and an astronaut;

- a professional magician, a semi-professional musician, a major league baseball player, a major league football player (who was also a college football coach), a florist, a librarian; and

- two vintners, two auctioneers, two bank tellers, a furniture salesman, a steelworker, a carpenter, an ironworker, a paper mill worker, a cement plant worker, a meat cutter, a river boat captain, a taxicab driver, a toll booth collector, a hotel clerk, a hotel bellhop, a fruit orchard worker, a race track blacksmith, and a “jackeroo” (cowboy) on a sheep-cattle ranch.


Membership of the 109th Congress: A Profile (.pdf); Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress, February 17, 2005.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 6 April 2005 05:11 AM


I love WILLisms.com tidbits! That was really fun and interesting to read! I would like to be able to understand why there are individuals out there in our country who really believe Social Security is a good thing? Can WILLisms.com give us any tidbits on that? Why would anyone fight to keep social Security? I am just amazed! Pay more get less! Wow, that is just something I will never understand!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 6, 2005 09:28 AM