by Michael Bird
During Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate, the chant among his supporters--and in the media--was "41, 41, 41," meaning, of course, that his victory would give Republicans their 41st vote in the Senate.
But to state legislative advocates, the beauty of #41 is that Sen. Brown becomes the 41st member of the U.S. Senate to have previously served in a state legislature. Like President Obama and a handful of others, he made the jump to the U.S. Senate directly from the Massachusetts State Senate.
As we have previously reported, the proportion of former legislators in Congress as a whole is 51%, higher than for the Senate alone.