I am trying to track down how many veterans have been and are currently in Congress

The closest thing I have found is this PDF but it only gives me the 113 congresses I would like to find something a little bit easier to machine-read, and also a little more complete with past data so I can develop a proper graphical depiction.

Any help is appreciated.

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Vital Statistics on Congress from the Brookings Institute has some data about this available in Excel.

The "Vital Statistics Chapter 1- Demographics of Members of Congress" workbook has a worksheet, "1-8", which has the title "Prior Occupations of Representatives, 83rd - 113th Congresses, 1953 - 2014" Veteran is one of the lines.

  • If only this Brookings Institute data was more machine readable! Jul 30, 2014 at 13:34
  • any insight into what is the difference between Military and Veteran is in the chart? Jul 30, 2014 at 18:39
  • No. Best to ask Brookings, I think. Jul 30, 2014 at 22:09

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