The changing face of Congress in 6 charts
Apart from its political makeup and policy objectives, the new Congress differs from prior ones in other ways, including its demographics.
For the fifth time in a row, the new Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse ever
More than one-in-five voting members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are racial or ethnic minorities.
A productivity scorecard for the 115th Congress: More laws than before, but not more substance
While the 115th Congress was more legislatively active than its recent predecessors, the proportion of substantive to ceremonial legislation was much the same.
In 116th Congress, at least 13% of lawmakers are immigrants or the children of immigrants
The 69 immigrants and children of immigrants in the 116th Congress claim heritage in 38 countries and are overwhelmingly Democrats.
Americans view this shutdown much as they did past ones – negatively and with much anxiety
No matter who they blamed for previous government shutdowns or how much they felt personally affected by them, most Americans have had negative opinions about them.
Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain
Data from the past 50 years reveal the upward yet uneven trajectory of black political leadership in America.
Democratic and Republican House members on average represent similar numbers of federal workers
Many federal workers live and work far from D.C., with substantial numbers in districts scattered across the country – and represented by both Democratic and GOP members of Congress.
5 facts about the religious makeup of the 116th Congress
The new Congress is slightly more religiously diverse than its predecessor, but it remains overwhelmingly Christian.
Faith on the Hill
The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.
A record number of women will be serving in the new Congress
When the 116th Congress convenes, women will make up nearly a quarter of both chambers – the highest percentage in U.S. history.