The median age for state lawmakers here is 53... And while the state is 72 percent white and split 50-50 by gender, 90 percent of the state Legislature is white and two-thirds is male.
One contributing factor: the state-mandated salary for a legislator, $42,106 a year. Yes, it's a "part-time" legislature, but in reality these jobs keep legislators busy year-round.
Who wants to leave the private sector for a consuming gig that doesn't even pay the median individual income for Washington State? Too often, it's people who are already wealthy. The Seattle Times reports that in Washington, "one dozen lawmakers reported at least $100,000 in annual income from investments, not jobs."