Colleges that produce the most members of Congress

New Way to Choose Colleges

By Nick Selbe, Graphiq

With the nation's most important decisions hanging in the balance, it's important that Capitol Hill be filled with the best and brightest America has to offer. A look at the current breakdown of Congress shows the country's top-tier colleges well represented.

Using data from Vote Smart, a research organization that collects data on elected officials and candidates for public office, StartClass found the colleges that have produced the most active members of Congress.

For this list, we only counted undergraduate schools. If Representative X, for example, received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree from Yale University, that only counts as one member for Harvard.

There are 535 voting members of Congress and also non-voting delegates from Washington, D.C., Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Vote Smart only had undergraduate schools listed for 458 of them, so the list is not 100 percent complete. Still, it provides a strong indication of which university's alumni are directly influencing U.S. legislation the most.

#37. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Number of Active Congress members: 11
Members: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.; Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-Conn.; Rep. James A. Himes, D-Conn.; Rrep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.; Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa.; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Va.; Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.; Sen. Daniel Sullivan, R-Alaska; Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

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