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« on: January 24, 2011, 04:39:13 am »
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Party Composition
*Republicans: 242 (55.63%)
*Democrats: 193 (44.37%)

Gender Composition
*Men: 363 (83.45%)
*Women: 72 (16.55%)

Party Composition by Gender
*Republicans
   *Men: 218 (90.08%)
   *Women: 24 (9.92%)

*Democrats
   *Men: 145 (75.13%)
   *Women: 48 (24.87%)


Racial Composition
*Caucasians/Whites: 362 (83.22%)
*African Americans/Blacks: 42 (9.66%)
*Hispanics/Latinos: 24 (5.52%)
*Asians: 6 (1.38%)
*Native Americans: 1 (0.23%)

Racial Composition by Gender & Party
*Caucasians
   *Men: 314 (210 R - 104 D)
   *Women: 48 (26 D - 22 R)
*African Americans
   *Men: 29 (27 D - 2 R)
   *Women: 13 (13 D - 0 R)
*Hispanics
   *Men: 17 (12 D - 5 R)
   *Women: 7 (5 D - 2 R)
*Asians
   *Men: 2 (2 D - 0 R)
   *Women: 4 (4 D - 0 R)
*Native Americans
   *Men: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Women: 0

Religion Composition by Party
*Christians: 399
   *Republicans: 241
   *Democrats: 158
      *Protestants: 249
         *Republicans: 164
         *Democrats: 85
      *Catholics: 133
         *Democrats: 70
         *Republicans: 63
      *Mormons: 9
         *Republicans: 8
         *Democrats: 1
      *Greek Orthodoxy: 4
         *Republicans: 2
         *Democrats: 2
      *Christian Science: 3
         *Republicans: 3
         *Democrats: 0
      *Eastern Orthodoxy: 1
         *Republicans: 1
         *Democrats: 0
*Jews: 27
   *Democrats: 26
   *Republicans: 1
*Buddhists: 3
   *Democrats: 3
   *Republicans: 0
*Muslims: 2
   *Democrats: 2
   *Republicans: 0
*Agnostics/Atheists: 1
   *Democrats: 1
   *Republicans: 0
*Unstated/Ambiguous: 3
   *Democrats: 3
   *Republicans: 0

Religion Composition by Protestant Denomination & Party
*Protestants: 249 (164 R - 85 D)
   *Baptists: 65 (39 R - 26 D)
   *Methodists: 40 (27 R - 13 D)
   *Episcopalians: 34 (22 R - 12 D)
   *Presbyterians: 34 (23 R - 11 D)
   *Lutherans: 22 (14 R - 8 D)
   *Nondenominational: 20 (13 R - 7 D)
   *Christians: 9 (8 R - 1 D)
   *Evangelicals: 8 (8R - 0 D)
   *African Methodist Episcopals: 4 (4 D - 0 R)
   *Churches of Christ: 4 (3 R - 1 D)
   *Anglicans: 2 (2 R - 0 D)
   *Seventh-day Adventists: 2 (1 R - 1 D)
   *Church of the Nazarene: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Reformed: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Quakers: 1 (1 D - 0 R)
   *Congregationalists: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Pentecostals: 1 (1 R - 0 D)

Sexual Orientation Composition by Denomination & Party
*Straight/Heterosexuals: 431
   *Republicans: 242
   *Democrats: 189
*Gay/Homosexuals: 4
   *Democrats: 4
   *Republicans: 0

Veterans Composition
*Total: 84
   *Republicans: 60
   *Democrats: 24
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 11:58:06 am »
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So in the House, Baptists are 40% Democratic, and are tied with Lutherans as the least GOP Protestant denomination? Wouldn't have guessed that.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 12:09:57 pm »
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So in the House, Baptists are 40% Democratic, and are tied with Lutherans as the least GOP Protestant denomination? Wouldn't have guessed that.

Aren't most Southern Blacks Baptists?
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 01:24:18 pm »
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Interesting that, in the race numbers, the percentage of black Congresspeople mirrors the national share fairly well (10% vs. 13%) but the Hispanic (national share of 15.4%) and Asian (national share of 4.5%) are so far off. Probably due to gerrymandering and more concentrated black populations.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 01:28:49 pm »
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So in the House, Baptists are 40% Democratic, and are tied with Lutherans as the least GOP Protestant denomination? Wouldn't have guessed that.

Aren't most Southern Blacks Baptists?

There are a bunch of Methodist Churches that are primarily black.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2011, 04:59:38 pm »
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Interesting that, in the race numbers, the percentage of black Congresspeople mirrors the national share fairly well (10% vs. 13%) but the Hispanic (national share of 15.4%) and Asian (national share of 4.5%) are so far off. Probably due to gerrymandering and more concentrated black populations.

Many Hispanics and even some Asians can't vote because they are not citizens.   Even Hispanic majority districts might not be once voter registration is taken into account.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2011, 09:37:57 pm »
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I'm in the process of comparing the 111th Congress demographics to the current demographics to see the changes in each demographic group. I'll post it sometime later.

Regarding the African American members' religions, here they are:

*Terri Sewell (D-AL): Nondenominational Protestant
*Maxine Waters (D-CA): Nondenominational Protestant

*Laura Richardson (D-CA): Methodist
*Bennie Thompson (D-MS): Methodist
*Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO): Methodist

*Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX): Seventh-day Adventist

*Frederica Wilson (D-FL): Episcopalian
*Robert Scott (D-VA): Episcopalian

*Mel Watt (D-NC): Presbyterian

*Tim Scott (R-SC): Evangelical

*Allen West (R-FL): Christian

*Alcee Hastings (D-FL): African Methodist Episcopal
*Gregory Meeks (D-NY): African Methodist Episcopal
*Yvette Clarke (D-NY): African Methodist Episcopal
*Jim Clyburn (D-SC): African Methodist Episcopal

*Hank Johnson (D-GA): Buddhist

*Andre Carson (D-IN): Muslim
*Keith Ellison (D-MN): Muslim

*Hansen Clarke (D-MI): Roman Catholic
*William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO): Roman Catholic
*Charlie Rangel (D-NY): Roman Catholic

*Barbara Lee (D-CA): Baptist
*Karen Bass (D-CA): Baptist
*Corrine Brown (D-FL): Baptist
*Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA): Baptist
*John Lewis (D-GA): Baptist
*David Scott (D-GA): Baptist
*Bobby Rush (D-IL): Baptist
*Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL): Baptist
*Danny Davis (D-IL): Baptist
*Cedric Richmond (D-LA): Baptist
*Donna Edwards (D-MD): Baptist
*Elijah Cummings (D-MD): Baptist
*John Conyers (D-MI): Baptist
*Donald Payne (D-NJ): Baptist
*Edolphus Towns (D-NY): Baptist
*G.K. Butterfield (D-NC): Baptist
*Marcia Fudge (D-OH): Baptist
*Chaka Fattah (D-PA): Baptist
*Al Green (D-TX): Baptist
*Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX): Baptist
*Gwen Moore (D-WI): Baptist

..so, yes. Most of the African Americans, regardless of region, do adhere to the Baptist ways.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2011, 10:08:07 pm »
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Interesting that, in the race numbers, the percentage of black Congresspeople mirrors the national share fairly well (10% vs. 13%) but the Hispanic (national share of 15.4%) and Asian (national share of 4.5%) are so far off. Probably due to gerrymandering and more concentrated black populations.

Non-citizens, non-voters, and less politically organised (i.e. as lobby groups).
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2011, 10:18:37 pm »
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Interesting that, in the race numbers, the percentage of black Congresspeople mirrors the national share fairly well (10% vs. 13%) but the Hispanic (national share of 15.4%) and Asian (national share of 4.5%) are so far off. Probably due to gerrymandering and more concentrated black populations.

As a side note, Republican map-drawers love heavily African-American districts.  Hell, Swing State Project even just had a competition for who could pack the highest % into a single Alabama district: http://swingstateproject.com/diary/8285/mini-redistricting-challenge-alabama
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2011, 10:50:56 pm »
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so if you take out white males, democrats have a 73% house majority!?
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2011, 10:53:47 pm »
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Who are the 5 white Democratic Baptists? I know David Price is one of them.
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2011, 10:58:06 pm »
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John Barrow, Steny Hoyer, David Price, Heath Shuler, and Larry Kissell.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2011, 03:49:04 am »
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As promised, here are the demographics for the 111th Congress/U.S. House.

Party Composition
*Democrats: 256 (58.85%)
*Republicans: 179 (41.15%)

Gender Composition
*Men: 362 (83.22%)
*Women: 73 (16.78%)

Party Composition by Gender
*Republicans
   *Men: 162 (90.50%)
   *Women: 17 (9.50%)

*Democrats
   *Men: 200 (78.125%)
   *Women: 56 (21.875%)


Racial Composition
*Caucasians/Whites: 364 (83.68%)
*African Americans/Blacks: 39 (8.97%)
*Hispanics/Latinos: 24 (5.52%)
*Asians: 7 (1.61%)
*Native Americans: 1 (0.23%)

Racial Composition by Gender & Party
*Caucasians
   *Men: 312 (157 R - 155 D)
   *Women: 52 (36 D - 16 R)
*African Americans
   *Men: 27 (27 D - 0 R)
   *Women: 12 (12 D - 0 R)
*Hispanics
   *Men: 18 (16 D - 2 R)
   *Women: 6 (5 D - 1 R)
*Asians
   *Men: 4 (2 D - 2 R)
   *Women: 3 (3 D - 0 R)
*Native Americans
   *Men: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Women: 0

Religion Composition by Party
*Christians: 394
   *Democrats: 216
   *Republicans: 178
      *Protestants: 241
         *Republicans: 130
         *Democrats: 111
      *Catholics: 135
         *Democrats: 99
         *Republicans: 36
      *Mormons: 8
         *Republicans: 7
         *Democrats: 1
      *Greek Orthodoxy: 6
         *Democrats: 4
         *Republicans: 2
      *Christian Science: 3
        *Republicans: 3
         *Democrats: 0
      *Eastern Orthodoxy: 1
         *Democrats: 1
         *Republicans: 0
*Jews: 31
   *Democrats: 30
   *Republicans: 1
*Buddhists: 2
   *Democrats: 2
   *Republicans: 0
*Muslims: 2
   *Democrats: 2
   *Republicans: 0
*Agnostics/Atheists: 2
   *Democrats: 2
   *Republicans: 0
*Unstated/Ambiguous: 4
   *Democrats: 4
   *Republicans: 0

Religion Composition by Protestant Denomination & Party
*Protestants: 241 (130 R - 111 D)
   *Baptists: 58 (29 R - 29 D)
   *Methodists: 46 (23 R - 23 D)
   *Episcopalians: 31 (19 R - 12 D)
   *Presbyterians: 34 (19 R - 15 D)
   *Lutherans: 20 (11 D - 9 R)
   *Nondenominational: 19 (10 R - 9 D)
   *Christians: 5 (3 R - 2 D)
   *Evangelicals: 4 (4 R - 0 D)
   *African Methodist Episcopals: 5 (5 D - 0 R)
   *Churches of Christ: 5 (4 R - 1 D)
   *Anglicans: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Seventh-day Adventists: 2 (1 R - 1 D)
   *Church of the Nazarene: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Reformed: 2 (2 R - 0 D)
   *Quakers: 1 (1 D - 0 R)
   *Church of God: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Congregationalists: 1 (1 R - 0 D)
   *Pentecostals: 2 (2 R - 0 D)
   *Disciples of Christ: 2 (2 D - 0 R)
   *United Brethren in Christ: 1 (1 R - 0 D)

Sexual Orientation Composition by Denomination & Party
*Straight/Heterosexuals: 432
   *Republicans: 179
   *Democrats: 253
*Gay/Homosexuals: 3
   *Democrats: 3
   *Republicans: 0

Veterans Composition
*Total: 90
   *Republicans: 47
   *Democrats: 43
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2011, 06:20:12 am »
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Out of curiosoty, who's the new openly-gay Congressman who wasn't in the 111th Congress?
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 08:44:00 am »
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David Cicilline from RI-01.
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2011, 09:58:15 am »
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David Cicilline from RI-01.

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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2011, 10:43:54 pm »
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David Cicilline from RI-01.

Wow, considering I was really into Rhode Island politics in 2010 [and reading multiple RI political blogs] and heard of Cicilline for a couple years before then, I can't believe I didn't know that already.  I can either conclude that I missed it 100% due to chance or he has done a reasonably good job at not publicizing that
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2011, 11:01:23 pm »
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Shouldn't it be four gay congresscritters? Cicilline, Baldwin, Frank and Polis? Did everyone forget the lesbians again?
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« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2011, 11:42:06 pm »
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Shouldn't it be four gay congresscritters? Cicilline, Baldwin, Frank and Polis? Did everyone forget the lesbians again?

That was during the 111th Congress when there were three; the current Congress has four (see my first post on here).
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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2011, 11:55:58 pm »
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How many Representatives of Middle Eastern descent are there? I know Justin Amash is of Palestinian and Syrian ancestry, and Issa is Lebanese.
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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2011, 01:33:19 am »
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Nick Rahall and Charles Boustany are of Lebanese descent too
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