50 state chart showing which states have had a senator, governor, and/or attorney general with prosecutorial experience in office between 2007 and 2017.

Data Source: Jed Shugerman’s Database of Prosecutorial Experience for Justices, Circuit Judge, Governors, AGs, and Senators, 1880-2017, as of July 7, 2017. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2017)

This graph originally appeared in New data: The rise of the “prosecutor politician”.

In at least 38 states, a senator, governor, and/or attorney general holding office in the past 10 years was once a prosecutor. This chart may understate the prevalence of these “prosecutor politicians,” since the source is a work in progress and has no data for some positions in five states as of July 7, 2017, and does not include changes in all offices after January 2017.

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