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California Assembly gets younger while Senate stays the senior house

The California Assembly met last Monday for an organizational session where lawmakers took the oath of office. The Assembly’s average age at the start of the 2015-16 session is down from two years ago.
The California Assembly met last Monday for an organizational session where lawmakers took the oath of office. The Assembly’s average age at the start of the 2015-16 session is down from two years ago. AP

If you thought the California Assembly looked a little younger as members took their oaths of office this week, you’re right.

Pushed along by the arrival of a half-dozen 30-somethings, the Assembly’s average age to begin the 2015-16 session dipped to 48. That’s two years younger than it was Dec. 3, 2012, the swearing-in date for the 2013-14 session, when the house’s average age topped 50.

Compared to the Senate, Assembly members average nearly a decade younger. An incoming mix of young and more life-experienced members leaves the average age of the upper house virtually unchanged from two years ago: about 56.

Assembly members range in age from 27 to 70, with a median of 46. State senators’ ages span from 35 to 74, with a median age of 59.

California’s median age is 35.4, according to U.S. census data. Broken down by legislative district, census data shows shows that some lawmakers’ ages are more in line with their constituents’ than others. The charts below shows how Assembly and Senate members’ ages compare to the median ages in their districts.

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Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.

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