Does the new Congress reflect you?
by Sam Morris, Juweek Adolphe, and Erum Salam
November 16, 2018
The 2018 midterms made history on a few fronts, with a record number of women being elected, along with many representational “firsts.” But, do the new set of House Representatives and Senators reflect you or the US population?
Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census on its population, and we get a better idea on the makeup of the American people. With this newly-elected Congress, some groups see their first representation on Capitol Hill ever, while others continue to have a strong presence in the legislative branch.
Despite seeing a record number of women elected, Congress is disproportionally dominated by men in comparison to the US. If Congress was a true reflection of the US population we would have three transgender members of Congress, instead though, we’re still waiting for the first.