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Legislator Biographies databases

Online legislator biographies databases are now online for eleven states and U.S. Congress. There is significant variation in the design and content of these websites, but they provide an excellent start to learning about state political history.

Political Biographies Databases
California - JoinCalifornia Archive (by Alex Vassar & Shane Meyers)
Colorado - Colorado Legislators Past and Present (by Colorado Legislative Council)
Connecticut - Connecticut General Assembly Members (by the Connecticut State Library)
Hawaii - Fifty Years of Legislative History (by the Hawaii Legislature)
Kansas - Kansas Legislators Past and Present (by State Library of Kansas)
Maine - Legislator Biographical Database (by Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library)
Massachusetts - Public Officers of the Commonwealth (by State Library of Massachusetts)
Minnesota - Minnesota Legislators Past & Present (by Minnesota Legislative Reference Library)
Nebraska - Nebraska Legislators Past & Present (by Nebraska Library Commission)
Nevada - Nevada Legislators, 1861-Current (by Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau) [other site]
Oregon - Oregon Legislators and Staff Guide, 1841-Now (by Oregon State Archives)
Texas - Texas Legislators: Past & Present (by Legislative Reference Library of Texas)
Wyoming - Wyoming Legislator Database (by State of Wyoming Legislature)
California Governors - The Governors' Gallery (by California State Library)
U.S. Congress - Congressional Biographical Directory (by the Office of the Historian/Office of Art and Archives)
U.S. Judges - Biographical Directory of Federal Judges (by the Federal Judicial Center)
Governors - Past Governors Bios (by the National Governors Assocation)

For more information:
A great 2010 webinar from the NCSL about "Creating Legislative Member Databases"