In January 2013, there will be more freshmen in the Utah House than at any other time in the past 20 years.
From a glance over the election results, it looks like there will be 20 new faces in Utah’s House of Representatives when it convenes in January 2013. That’s 27% of the 75-member chamber. As a result, in January 2013, there will be more freshmen in the Utah House than at any other time in the past 20 years. After the 1992 elections, the 1993 session opened to a chamber that consisted of 36% freshmen.
Here’s a chart to put those numbers into perspective, though. For each odd-numbered year since 1901, it shows how many freshmen were in the room when the gavel called the chamber into session. 27% freshmen may seem high when compared to the past 20 years, but it seems low when compared to the period from 1901 to 1993. In fact, there were only four occasions prior to 1993 when fewer than 27% of Utah’s Representatives were freshmen: 1975 (20%), 1985 (20%), 1989 (23%), and 1991 (25%).