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The number of federal lawmakers with law degrees will drop slightly when the 114th Congress meets in January.

Beginning next year, 160 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 53 of U.S. senators will have law degrees, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. At the beginning of the 113th Congress, there were 169 lawmakers with JDs in the house and 57 in the Senate.

The National Law Journal lists four new senators who are lawyers (three were former House members) and 16 new House members who are lawyers. “Among the new lawyer-legislators,” the story says, “are solo practitioners and big firm partners, statehouse mainstays and a stay-at-home-mom-turned-school-administrator, lobbyists and businessmen, and military veterans from four armed services.”

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