One out of five Michigan lawmakers does not have a college degree
Research by The Detroit News finds that 20% of Michigan lawmakers don't have a college degree.
A conversation about lawmakers' education has emerged after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker entered the presidential race. He attended college, but didn't graduate.
Edward Sidlow is a political science professor at Eastern Michigan University.
He says fewer state legislators were college educated in the 1970s and '80s.
"It was part-time work with a part-time wage, so non-college educated people fit in quite well," Sidlow said.
Sidlow says there is a difference between people who attended college to those who never attended college.
"If someone had a university experience and did a bulk of the work, I am not sure the credential itself is absolutely critical," Sidlow said.
According to the Lumina Foundation, about 40% of working-age Americans have a college degree.