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    States that pay their politicians the most

    Depending on the position, a politician can stand to make a good living. If you're planning to get rich on a politician’s salary, however, stay away from Maine. Their state representatives earn salaries that put them just above the federal poverty line. In other states, a single term in office would result in a pretty hefty financial haul.

    Stacker ranked the most lucrative states for politicians in ascending order, using data from BallotPedia for governor salaries and data from Zippia for state representative salaries. Governor salaries are straightforward and to the point.

    The path to determining state representative wages, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated. Their pay is a combination of base pay, which is estimated for 40 out of 50 states, plus per diems according to an average congressional session length—which is the period of time the representative actually spends working. When there was a wage discrepancy between a senator and representative, the lower number was used.

    It's also worth noting that every state pays their representatives differently according to measures that can vary wildly immensely. Read on to find out just how many taxpayer-funded dollars your state pays its politicians.

    ALSO: How much does your state spend on health care?

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    #50. Maine

    Governor wage: $70,000
    State representative wage: $14,100

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    #49. Arkansas

    Governor wage: $86,890
    State representative wage: $46,150

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    #48. Colorado

    Governor wage: $90,000
    State representative wage: $41,880

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    #47. Arizona

    Governor wage: $95,000
    State representative wage: $28,200

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    #46. Oregon

    Governor wage: $98,600
    State representative wage: $34,920

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    #45. Kansas

    Governor wage: $99,636
    State representative wage: $9,315

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    #44. South Dakota

    Governor wage: $104,002
    State representative wage: $11,160

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    #43. Wyoming

    Governor wage: $105,000
    State representative wage: $7,770

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    #42. Nebraska

    Governor wage: $105,000
    State representative wage: $21,675

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    #41. South Carolina

    Governor wage: $106,078
    State representative wage: $10,400

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    #40. Montana

    Governor wage: $108,167
    State representative wage: $8,730

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    #39. Utah

    Governor wage: $109,470
    State representative wage: $16,785

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    #38. New Mexico

    Governor wage: $110,000
    State representative wage: $7,425

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    #37. Indiana

    Governor wage: $111,688
    State representative wage: $38,180

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    #36. Idaho

    Governor wage: $119,000
    State representative wage: $16,684

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    #35. Minnesota

    Governor wage: $119,850
    State representative wage: $39,541

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    #34. Alabama

    Governor wage: $119,950
    State representative wage: $42,849

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    #33. North Dakota

    Governor wage: $121,679
    State representative wage: $8,280

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    #32. New Hampshire

    Governor wage: $121,896
    State representative wage: $100

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    #31. Mississippi

    Governor wage: $122,160
    State representative wage: $22,513

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    #30. Rhode Island

    Governor wage: $129,210
    State representative wage: $15,171

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    #29. Louisiana

    Governor wage: $130,000
    State representative wage: $30,600

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    #28. Iowa

    Governor wage: $130,000
    State representative wage: $40,540

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    #27. Florida

    Governor wage: $130,273
    State representative wage: $37,437

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    #26. Missouri

    Governor wage: $133,821
    State representative wage: $35,915

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    #25. Kentucky

    Governor wage: $138,012
    State representative wage: $14,850

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    #24. Georgia

    Governor wage: $139,339
    State representative wage: $24,262

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    #23. North Carolina

    Governor wage: $141,265
    State representative wage: $13,951

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    #22. Hawaii

    Governor wage: $143,748
    State representative wage: $68,004

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    #21. Wisconsin

    Governor wage: $144,423
    State representative wage: $50,950

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    #20. Alaska

    Governor wage: $145,000
    State representative wage: $70,470

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    #19. Vermont

    Governor wage: $145,538
    State representative wage: $14,712

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    #18. Oklahoma

    Governor wage: $147,000
    State representative wage: $38,400

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    #17. Ohio

    Governor wage: $148,886
    State representative wage: $60,584

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    #16. Nevada

    Governor wage: $149,573
    State representative wage: $23,400

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    #15. Texas

    Governor wage: $150,000
    State representative wage: $20,500

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    #14. West Virginia

    Governor wage: $150,000
    State representative wage: $27,860

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    #13. Connecticut

    Governor wage: $150,000
    State representative wage: $28,000

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    #12. Maryland

    Governor wage: $150,000
    State representative wage: $58,257

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    #11. Massachusetts

    Governor wage: $151,800
    State representative wage: $64,533

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    #10. Michigan

    Governor wage: $159,300
    State representative wage: $71,685

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    #9. Washington

    Governor wage: $166,891
    State representative wage: $51,706

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    #8. Delaware

    Governor wage: $171,000
    State representative wage: $44,541

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    #7. California

    Governor wage: $173,987
    State representative wage: $97,197

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    #6. Virginia

    Governor wage: $175,000
    State representative wage: $26,100

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    #5. New Jersey

    Governor wage: $175,000
    State representative wage: $49,000

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    #4. Illinois

    Governor wage: $177,412
    State representative wage: $67,836

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    #3. New York

    Governor wage: $179,000
    State representative wage: $79,500

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    #2. Tennessee

    Governor wage: $181,980
    State representative wage: $38,704

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    #1. Pennsylvania

    Governor wage: $187,818
    State representative wage: $85,339

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