Exploring The Impact Of Professionalism On Campaign Contributions To Male And Female State Legislative Candidates
As institutions, state legislatures have undergone a wide variety of changes over time ranging from enhanced member diversity to the introduction of term limits in some states. Perhaps most importantly, state legislatures have slowly become more professionalized, albeit the rate of this transformation has been uneven across the states. Nevertheless, modern state legislatures are more apt to resemble Congress today than was the case 50 years ago (King 2000). In the most professional of legislatures, state legislators are more likely to be full-time members, to receive a higher degree of compensation for their service, to have greater staff support, and to spend more days in session (Moncrief, Squire and Jewell 2001; Squire 2000; Kurtz 1990; Francis 1985).