Perhaps most surprising is the number of these rookie legislators who are Democrats. In one sense this is to be expected: more Democrats than Republicans overall are entering the House and Senate this week. Still, small business owners generally--and politically activist entrepreneurs in particular--do tend to skew Republican. Yet four out of the five incoming small-business-owner senators are Democrats, and nearly half of the nineteen incoming congressmen are. The balance can probably only be a good thing.
Oh, and by the way: our favorite? Betsy Markey (D-Colo., 4th District), owner of an ice cream and coffee shop, as well as a Web-services company. Apparently, Huckleberry's is the place to hang out and get a cup of joe next time you're in Fort Collins.
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