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  • Although the number of women, African Americans, and Latinos in Congress has increased in recent decades, Congress is still much less diverse than the American population. Members of Congress are predominantly male, white, Protestant Christian, and most commonly come from a professional and educational background as lawyers. These data compare the 112th Congress, which took office in 2011, with the U.S. population as a whole.
  • IS .002% CORRECT FOR NATIVE AMERICAN??? LAST EDITION IT WAS 0.2%.Although the number of women, African Americans, and Latinos in Congress has increased in recent decades, Congress is still much less diverse than the American population. Members of Congress are predominantly male, white, Protestant Christian, and most commonly come from a professional and educational background as lawyers. These data compare the 112th Congress, which took office in 2011, with the U.S. population as a whole.
  • Although the number of women, African Americans, and Latinos in Congress has increased in recent decades, Congress is still much less diverse than the American population. Members of Congress are predominantly male, white, Protestant Christian, and most commonly come from a professional and educational background as lawyers. These data compare the 112th Congress, which took office in 2011, with the U.S. population as a whole.
  • Although the number of women, African Americans, and Latinos in Congress has increased in recent decades, Congress is still much less diverse than the American population. Members of Congress are predominantly male, white, Protestant Christian, and most commonly come from a professional and educational background as lawyers. These data compare the 112th Congress, which took office in 2011, with the U.S. population as a whole.
  • Although the number of women, African Americans, and Latinos in Congress has increased in recent decades, Congress is still much less diverse than the American population. Members of Congress are predominantly male, white, Protestant Christian, and most commonly come from a professional and educational background as lawyers. These data compare the 112th Congress, which took office in 2011, with the U.S. population as a whole.Questions for Classroom Discussion: Does it matter if the backgrounds of members of Congress reflect the population as a whole? Can members still representtheir constituents effectively if they do not come fromsimilar backgrounds? Visit www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to identify your representatives in Congress and visit their Web pages. How similar are their backgrounds to yours? How closely do their policy positions, as expressed on their web pages, match your own?
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    • 1. W H O AR E AM E R I C AN S ?Who are the Members of Congress? CHAPTER 12
    • 2. W H O AR E AM E R I C AN S ?Gender U.S. Pop. House Senate Female 51% 17% 17% Male 49% 83% 83% Key U.S. Population SenateSOURCE: Jennifer E. Manning, “Membership of the 112th Congress: A Profile,” CRS Report R41647, House of RepresentativesMarch 1, 2011, www.senate.gov (accessed 8/15/12).
    • 3. W H O AR E AM E R I C AN S ?Race U.S. Pop. House Senate White 64% 82% 96% Black 13% 10% 0% Hispanic 16% 7% 2% Asian/Pacific 5% 3% 2% Native 1% .002% 0% American Key U.S. Population SenateSOURCE: Jennifer E. Manning, “Membership of the 112th Congress: A Profile,” CRS Report R41647, House of RepresentativesMarch 1, 2011, www.senate.gov (accessed 8/15/12).
    • 4. W H O AR E AM E R I C AN S ?Religion U.S. Pop. House Senate Protestant 51% 57% 56% Catholic 24% 30% 24% Mormon 2% 2% 5% Jewish 2% 6% 12% All Others 21% 4% 4% Key U.S. Population SenateSOURCE: Jennifer E. Manning, “Membership of the 112th Congress: A Profile,” CRS Report R41647, House of RepresentativesMarch 1, 2011, www.senate.gov (accessed 8/15/12).
    • 5. W H O AR E AM E R I C AN S ?Education U.S. Pop. House Senate < High school 15% 0 0 High school 58% 8% 1% grad. Bachelor’s 18% 26% 24% degree Professional/ 2% 38% 55% law degree Other 8% 28% 20% Key U.S. Population advanced degree SenateSOURCE: Jennifer E. Manning, “Membership of the 112th Congress: A Profile,” CRS Report R41647, House of RepresentativesMarch 1, 2011, www.senate.gov (accessed 8/15/12).
    • 6. W H O AR E AM E R I C AN S ?Average Age U.S. Pop. 37 House 57 Senate 62SOURCE: Jennifer E. Manning, “Membership of the 112th Congress: A Profile,” CRS Report R41647,March 1, 2011, www.senate.gov (accessed 8/15/12).

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