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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 November 6, 2018.
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Generational Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature

About 25% of members of the Florida House of Representatives are Millennials, and 7.5% 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 composition of the state of Florida, where the largest generation is the Baby Boomer Generation. However, Baby Boomers are overrepresented in the Senate. The mean age for legislators is 50. Senators are on average 8 years older than Representatives.

Generational Composition Florida Legislature

 

 

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

29

24.78%

Generation X

50

42.74%

Baby Boomer Generation

37

31.62%

Silent Generation

1

0.85%

NA*

0

0.00%

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

  • The average age of the Florida House of Representatives is 48
  • The youngest member is 23 years old (Josie Tomkow)
  • The oldest member is 74 years old (Sam H. Killebrew)
  • Fifteen individuals are Young Elected Leaders:
    • Jay N. Trumbull Jr.
    • Tyler Isaac Sirois
    • Lawrence McClure
    • Bryan Avila
    • Ramon Jermaine Alexander
    • Jennifer Mae Sullivan
    • Anthony Frank Sabatini
    • Christopher Sprowls
    • Anthony Rodriguez
    • Daniel Anthony Perez
    • Michael Paul Beltran
    • Robert Alexander Andrade III
    • Josie Tomkow
    • Amber Lynn Mariano
    • Anna V. Eskamani

 

 

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

3

7.50%

Generation X

17

42.50%

Baby Boomer Generation

18

45.00%

Silent Generation

2

5.00%

NA*

0

0.00%

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

  • The average age of the Florida Senate is 56
  • The youngest member is 34 years old (Lauren Frances Book)
  • 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 state legislature is comprised of women. There are no significant differences between the House and the Senate in terms of gender representation. Female legislators are on average 1.5 years older than their male colleagues.

About 73% of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives are male. There is one female and one male YEL in the Florida Senate.

 

 

Gender by Generation in the Florida House of Representatives
Florida House Gender by Generation bar chart

 

 

 

Gender by Generation in the Florida State Senate
Florida Senate Gender by Generation bar chart

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Ethnic Breakdown of the Florida State Legislature

About 66% 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 72% of the Florida State Senate is comprised of White/Caucasian members, 15% is made up of Black/African-American members, and 12.5% 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

Florida House Ethnicity

 

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Florida House of Representatives
Florida Ethnicity by Generation House

 

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives

Ethnicity

Number of Members
White/Caucasian

11

Hispanic/Latino

3

Black/African-American

1

 

 

Ethnicity of the Florida State Senate

Florida Ethnicity Senate

 

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Florida State Senate
Florida Ethnicity by Generation 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. Thirteen of the 15 Young Elected Leaders in the Florida House of Representatives are Republican, while there is one Democratic and one Republican Young Elected Leader in the Florida State Senate.

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Florida House of Representatives
Florida Party by Generation in the House

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Florida State Senate
Florida Party by Generation 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.

This analysis is based on data from February 2019 and was conducted on May 10, 2019.

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