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The New Congress is 80 Percent White, 80 Percent Male and 92 Percent Christian

This July 16, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. ( J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)
This July 16, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

 

(The Washington Post) – Trying to predict the gender and race of a member of Congress is like trying to predict who would win a basketball game between the 1996 Chicago Bulls and the 2015 New York Knicks. Which is to say: It is like trying to predict who would win in an arithmetic competition between you and a talking horse. Which is to say: It is like trying to guess how many jellybeans are in a glass jar that contains two jellybeans. Which is to say: It is easy.

The 114th Congress, which gets 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. Ergo, given the name of a member of Congress (at random: Oregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden), you can probably guess his or her gender and race. (In case you want to see if you were right about Walden: here.)

According to a break-down from our colleague Reid Wilson, here are the demographics of the incoming crew.

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