Report: Threats against state lawmakers skyrocket

Many said their interest in running for re-election has dissipated because of it.
Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

More than 2 in 5 state legislators across the nation say they have experienced threats of violence from the public, and the frequency and severity of those threats has increased in recent years, according to a new report.

The survey, from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, found women and minorities serving in state legislatures are far more likely to experience threats of violence, as compared to their white male counterparts. Those threats have taken a toll on lawmakers, a substantial portion of whom now say they are less willing to run for re-election or to work on controversial topics.

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