By Natalie Neumann

The 188 legislators at the State House represent more than 5.5 million citizens from across the Maryland, yet the makeup of the General Assembly doesn’t completely reflect the state’s population. It’s a lot older, whiter and more male than the state.

According to 2000 Census data, persons 60 and older compose about 15 percent of the state’s population. However, two and a half times that proportion of the legislature (38 percent) is 60 years old or older.

Women make up about 52 percent of the state, but only about 31 percent of the legislature. And African Americans make up about 29 percent of the state’s population and close to 23 percent of the legislature, according to data from a survey by the Department of Legislative Services.

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