House seats rarely flip from one party to the other
Big partisan shifts in the House of Representatives happen, but not often. In only three of the past 12 election cycles has one party posted a net gain of more than 30 seats, and on average 93% of House members who seek re-election are voted back into office.
Split-ticket districts, once common, are now rare
In 2012, only 26 House districts out of 435 chose one party’s presidential nominee and the other party’s candidate for the House.
Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain
In 1965, there were no black senators or governors, and just six House members were black. By 2015, there was more representation in some areas but little change in others.
In 21 states, local newspapers lack a dedicated D.C. reporter covering Congress
Between 2009 and 2014, the number of Washington-based reporters for local newspapers accredited by the Senate to cover Congress declined by 11%.
Congress’ productivity improves somewhat in 2015
Congress passed 113 laws, 87 of them substantive, in 2015, making it the most productive first session since 2009.
Freedom Caucus districts look much like other GOP-held districts
The attitudes of Republicans living in House Freedom Caucus members’ districts look very similar to those in other Republican-represented districts.
What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who’s in it?
We’ve confirmed the identities of 36 members of the caucus, and they are among the most conservative and recently elected of Republican representatives.
GOP speaker hopefuls have served far less time in House than predecessors
Long years of service have been the norm for past speakers, most of whom had accumulated twice as much time in the House as today’s candidates before wielding the gavel.
Republicans turned against Boehner, leaders after GOP’s big 2014 victory
Republicans’ frustration with House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders has risen sharply this year. Now, Boehner has become the latest casualty.
Fewer immigrants in Congress today than in years past
Members of Congress today are less likely to be immigrants, especially compared with other periods of history when surges of new arrivals occurred, a new analysis by the Pew Research Center finds.