U.S. PoliticsFebruary 15, 2019

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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 8, 2019

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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 25, 2019

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.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 24, 2019

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.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 18, 2019

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.

January 18, 2019

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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 15, 2019

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.

ReligionJanuary 3, 2019

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.

ReligionJanuary 3, 2019

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.

December 18, 2018

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.