The new Congress is 80 percent male, 80 percent white

“The 114th Congress, which went to ‘work’ on Tuesday, is one of the most diverse in American history, comprised of nearly 20 percent women and just over 17 percent of which is non-white. Which means, of course, that four out of five members of Congress are white and four out of five are men.” as the Washington Post is reporting.

“The trend is slow, but it’s clear: Congress is getting a bit less white and a bit less male.

“Over the last few decades, Congress has gotten less Protestant, but it’s still overwhelmingly Christian. The group that Pew finds most underrepresented on the Hill is those without a religious affiliation — comprising 20 percent of the public and 0.2 percent of Congress.

“Congress is nearly as unrepresentative on race and gender. More than half of the population is female; white non-Hispanics are about 63 percent of the population. Congress is starting to look more like the rest of the country, in other words — but the 114th Congress won’t look much like it at all.”



Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

2 thoughts on “The new Congress is 80 percent male, 80 percent white”

  1. This goes to my points made over at Rebane’s. Every law passed in congress in the United States of America since the very first vote has been made with the majority of white male perception of the world. That is why white males have so much more privilege than all other groups of people. The same goes for state legislatures, I don’t know of a single one that white males don’t sit as a majority.

    This doesn’t mean all white males agree or think the same. It does means they cannot help but have the perception of the world as a white male though. Not understanding or having input without any real authority from other perspectives is a big achilles heal of the USA.

    Women make up 51% of the nations population but are only represented in government at a 20% rate and even worse in the private sector for executives, you know decision making positions.

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