The Capitol's Age Pyramid: A Graying Congress

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    great interactive chart.

    Any lessons here?

    I don't see ( until the house this year) any huge statistical anomalies per disparity.



    The 111th Congress, which convened in 2009, is among the oldest in U.S. history. The average age of members of Congress has risen steadily since 1981, with just a slight hiccup in the early 1990s; the rise is likely the result of a high incumbency rate, the aging of the U.S. population, and the first-time elections of older candidates.

    The Capitol's Age Pyramid - WSJ.com
     
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    Uncle Ferd says purt soon its gonna be like Solyent Green...
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    Aging boomers strain cities built for the young
    Sat Jul 9,`11 – America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly.
     
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    Age of the candidate or representative doesn't bother me as long as he or she is in control of all their faculties, which should be pretty obvious. Besides, we have a young President and look how that's working out.
     
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    I would prefer an older member of Congress with at least 20 years experience in the free market.
     
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    Granny keeps tellin' ever'body she gonna be 29½
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    Why can't we imagine ourselves getting old?
    5 August 2011 - The biblical figure Methuselah supposedly lived for 969 years. But old age isn't for everyone as the Who demonstrated in their 1965 hit My Generation with its provocative line "hope I die before I get old".

     
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    A couple of statical anomalies in the Senate Chart. They don't include two elderly Democrats on the Senate side who are nominally independent. Both are substantially older than the average.

    Way too many incumbents on the Democrat side who just sit there forever. Maybe we should eliminate pensions for anyone who serves more than 18 years in congress.
     

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