Here’s how diverse the 116th Congress is set to become

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The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.

  • Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
  • In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
  • Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.

It’s clear from Wednesday’s freshman class photo of the 116th Congress that the members-elect are set to change the composition of both chambers quite visibly they head to Washington in January.

Among the most notable changes, given the recent cultural shifts in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Kavanaugh hearings, is the addition of 35 female lawmakers, bringing the total number of women in the 116th Congress to a record (of at least) 124, up from 107 in the current Congress, as the Wall Street Journal reports. (read more)

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