By Bryan Hay

Mark Crain, Simon Professor of Political Economy and chair of policy studies, was quoted in a Nov. 2 State Net Capitol Journal article about the record number of women running for state legislative offices.

Women also appear to be just as effective as men at getting bills through state legislatures, Crain said, citing his research conducted at Lafayette in conjunction with LexisNexis State Net and the Center for American Women and Politics.

Of the more than 134,000 bills introduced in the 50 states during the 2013-14 legislative cycle that Crain analyzed, 18.9 percent of those sponsored by male legislators and 18.6 percent of those sponsored by female legislators became law.

“Collectively, in the state legislatures the success rate of female legislators is virtually identical” to that of male legislators, he said.

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