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The Florida State Legislature

    1. Florida Demographic Background
    2. About the Florida State Legislature
    3. Generational Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature
    4. Gender Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature
    5. Ethnic Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature
    6. Partisan Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature
    7. Notes

 

Florida Demographic Background

The largest generation in Florida is the Baby Boomer Generation, consisting of about 26% of the population. The smallest generation is the Silent Generation, consisting of about 14% of the population. 1, 3 About 55% of people in Florida are White, 25% are Hispanic or Latino, and 15% are Black or African American. 2
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About the Florida State Legislature

The Legislature consists of two chambers: a 40-member Senate and a 120-member House of Representatives.  The most recent election for the State Legislature was in 2018.
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Generational Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature

About 23% of members of the Florida House of Representatives are Millennials, and about 8% of members of the Florida State Senate are Millennials. The largest generations represented in the Florida State Legislature are the Baby Boomer Generation and Generation X.  This is quite representative of the generational breakdown of the state of Florida, where the largest generation is the Baby Boomer Generation. 

 

Generational Breakdown of the Florida House of Representatives
Generation Number of Members % of Total Members
Millennial Generation

28

23.33%

Generation X

39

32.50%

Baby Boomer Generation

33

27.50%

Silent Generation

1

0.83%

NA*

19

15.83%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the Florida House of Representatives is 46
  • The youngest member is 23 years old (Josie Tomkow)
  • The oldest member is 73 years old (Sam H. Killebrew)
  • Twenty-two individuals are Young Elected Leaders

 

Generational Breakdown of the Florida State Senate
Generation Number of Members % of Total Members
Millennial Generation

3

7.50%

Generation X

16

40.00%

Baby Boomer Generation

18

45.00%

Silent Generation

2

5.00%

NA*

1

2.50%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the Florida Senate is 55
  • The youngest member is 34 years old (Travis J. Hutson)
  • The oldest member is 76 years old (George Broward Gainer)
  • Two individuals are Young Elected Leaders
    • Travis J. Huston, age: 34 years old
    • Lauren Frances Book, age: 34 years old

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Gender Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature

Only 30% of the Florida House of Representatives and Florida State Senate is comprised of by women. About 80% of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives are male.

 

Gender of Florida House Representatives

 

Gender by Generation in the Florida House of Representatives

 

Gender of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives

There are 4 female Young Elected Leaders and 18 male Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives.

Gender of the Florida State Senators

Gender by Generation in the Florida State Senate
Gender of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida State Senate

There is one female and one male Young Elected Leader in the Florida State Senate. 

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Ethnic Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature

About 65% of the Florida House of Representatives is comprised of White/Caucasian members. A little less than 20% of Florida House Representatives are Black/African-American. About 70% of the Florida State Senate is comprised of White/Caucasian members, 15% is made up of Black/African-American members, and about 12% is made up of Hispanic/Latino members. Hispanics are slightly underrepresented in the Florida State Legislature compared to the Florida state population.

 

Ethnicity of the Florida House of Representatives

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Florida House of Representatives
Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives

 

Ethnicity

Number of Members
White/Caucasian

14

Hispanic/Latino

5

Black/African-American

2

Other

1

 

Ethnicity of the Florida State Senate

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Florida State Senate

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Partisan Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature

A majority of the members of the Florida House of Representatives and Florida State Senate are Republican. About 85% of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives are Republican, while there is one Democratic Young Elected Leader and one Republican Young Elected Leader in the Florida State Senate.

 

 

Partisanship of the Florida House of Representatives

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Florida House of Representatives
Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives

Party

Number
Democrat

3

Republican

19

 

 

Partisanship of the Florida State Senate

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Florida State Senate
Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida State Senate

There is one Democratic Young Elected Leader and one Republican Young Elected Leader in the Florida State Senate.

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Notes

1 The Young Elected Leaders Project collects and analyzes data on young elected officials across the country.  We define Young Elected Leaders as officials 35 years and younger. We define the generations following the Pew Research Center:

  • Millennial Generation: 1981-1996 (age 22-37)
  • Generation X: 1965-1980 (age 38-53)
  • Baby Boom Generation: 1946-1964 (age 54-72)
  • Silent Generation: 1928-1945 (age 73-90)

2 Geographic and Housing Estimates (Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing, …) 2017, US Census.

3 Single Years of Age and Sex, 2010, US Census.
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