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The March Madness schools that rule Capitol Hill


March
Madness

is
in
full
swing
with
dozens
of
colleges
facing
off
on
the
court.
Now,
Legistorm,
a
go-to
source
for
data
on
Congress,
is
giving
us
a
window
into
the
competition
for
college
supremacy
among
staff
on
Capitol
Hill.

The
competition
in
both
the
men’s
and
women’s
brackets
comes
down
to
Final
Four
faceoffs
between
large
state
schools,
with
D.C.
neighbors
Virginia
and
Maryland
emerging
victorious.
(Cold
comfort
for
Virginia,
which
narrowly
made
the
field
of
68
and
was

defeated
before
the
first
round
even
started
.)

Without
further
ado,
and
at
risk
of

out-nerding
our
friends
at
Department
of
Data
,
we
present
our
bracket
of
the
March
Madness
colleges
that
have
the
most
representation
among
Hill
staff.


Additional
development
by



Irfan
Uraizee


and
Alexis
Barnes.


Data
is
from



Legistorm
,
which
collects
education
information
from
staffers
directly
and
from
social
media
and
public
biographies.
The
data
(as
of
March
20)
is
available
for
about
12,500
of
16,800
current
staffers
in
personal
offices,
committees,
leadership
offices
and
administrative
offices.
It
includes
those
who
earned
an
associate’s
degree
or
bachelor’s
degree.
Staffers
who
attended
a
school
but
dropped
out,
transferred
or
had
an
unclear
outcome
are
included
in
the
counts.


In
the
case
of
a
tie,
the
school
with
more
lawmakers
who
attended
for
undergraduate
studies,
per
Legistorm
data,
won
the
tiebreaker.
If
the
tie
remained,
the
team
with
the
better
seed
in
the
NCAA
tournament
advanced.

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