Rep. Bill Owens is in the top of the New York legislative class when it comes to language.
The Democrat of Plattsburgh spoke at a higher grade level than any other House rep or senator from New York, according to a review by the Sunlight Foundation.
The total tabulation is below. Going back to 1996, Mr. Owens ranked 48th of all 530 lawmakers surveyed. This is based on speeches on the congressional record.
In the 112th Congress, Mr. Owens was third among federal lawmakers from New York, behinds Reps. Nita Lowey and Carolyn Maloney.
Mr. Owens spoke at a 12.8 grade level in his total time on the congressional record in Washington. The ranking is based on the length of the sentences Mr. Owens used, and the length of the words he used.
The average American speaks at an 8th or 9th grade level. Major newspapers (that's me) write at anywhere from between an 11th grade and 14th grade level.
Check out the whole Sunlight Foundation post here, with plenty more information and fancy charts.