The U.S. Black population is growing. At the same time, how Black people self-identify is changing, with increasing shares considering themselves multiracial or Hispanic.
Apart from its political makeup, the new Congress differs from prior ones in other ways, including its demographics.
Kamala Harris embodies trends that have been unfolding over recent decades. As a result, many Americans can see themselves in her story.
At least 76 of the voting members of the 117th Congress are foreign born or have at least one parent born in another country.
Even as younger generations gain representation in Congress, older generations still make up the majority of senators and representatives.
Half of all U.S. adults think evangelical Christians will lose influence in Washington under President Joe Biden’s new administration.
More Americans also say evangelical Christians, business corporations and the military will lose than gain influence in Washington.
White eligible voters were somewhat more likely to say they were contacted than Black, Hispanic or English-speaking Asian eligible voters.
124 lawmakers today identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American, a 97% increase over the 107th Congress of 2001-02.
Kamala Harris’ election represented an advance in the progress Black Americans have made in recent decades in political leadership.