The 113th Congress, sworn in last Thursday, calls for a celebration, as a record number of women and racial minority members were elected.
In total, the Congress now includes:
- 101 women, including 20 in the Senate alone
- 43 African-Americans
- 31 Latinos
- 12 Asian-Americans
- 7 openly gay or bisexual members
This year’s Congress also includes the first Buddhist to join the Senate, as well as the first Hindu and the first openly bisexual woman in the House. The House Democrats also became the first caucus in the history of either chamber not to have a majority of white men.
However, this year there were 19 states that did not elect any new women to the House of Representatives, and all of those states (except Alaska, Louisiana, Nebraska, and North Dakota) are without any female Senate representation.
Even so, New Hampshire became the first delegation to exclusively send women representatives into the House and Senate. For the first time in history, women control 20% of the US legislative branch. This is a great achievement for all American women.
Yeah Girl Power!!