Congress’s incoming class is younger, bluer, and more diverse than ever

The midterm elections are behind us and a new class of congressmen and women will start governing on Jan. 3, 2019. We looked at the newest additions to the House and Senate — 100 non-incumbent winners* — and found their average age is 49. That makes this incoming class the youngest in the past three cycles. It is also the most diverse cohort to date. *We did not include nonvoting delegates from American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. The Mississippi Senate race went to a runoff.

63 of the new members are Democrats
60 in the House | 3 in the Senate

37 of the new members are Republicans
31 in the House | 6 in the Senate

40 of the new members are women
36 in the House | 4 in the Senate

60 of the new members are men
55 in the House | 5 in the Senate

At least 24 of the new members elected to the House this cycle are Hispanic, Native American and people of color. All of the newly elected senators are white.

History-makers:
Marsha Blackburn is the first woman elected senator from Tennessee.
Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Debra Haaland (NM-01) are the first two Native American women elected to Congress. Davids is the first openly LGBTQ elected to Congress from Kansas.

Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) are the first two Latinas elected to Congress from Texas.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) is the youngest woman elected to Congress. She is 29.

 

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