This Congress could be fun.

The 113th Congress includes a record seven openly gay lawmakers and an unprecedented 20 female senators, including the chamber’s first lesbian, Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, and its first Buddhist, Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono.  Also for the first time, women and members of minority groups hold a majority of the Democratic Party’s House seats.

Nineteen of the 84 freshman House members are women — three Republicans and 16 Democrats. The incoming Senate has four times as many female Democrats compared with Republicans — 16 to 4.The number of Democratic women in the Senate and House increased, while the tally of Republican women in both chambers declined.  I detect a pattern.

Kyrsten Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of Congress and is, according to a report by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the first lawmaker to specify “none” when asked for religious affiliation.

The increased diversity means that Congress reflects America more, which I suspect scares the living shit out of the conservatives, the religious right, and Republicans in general.  A Congress representative of American demographics…that doesn’t bode well for them.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Baal

    It’s great that the diversity of voices in congress is getting better. Now if only the (R) lose the power or will to stop intentionally making the federal government fail by stopping pretty much every bill except anti-abortion, pro-tax cut noise.

  • MikeyM

    This Congress also includes the first Hindu, Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii.

  • The Schwa

    So American corporations will be buying a more diverse group this time around.

  • invivoMark

    I voted for Tammy!

    • John Horstman

      You’re damn right!

      • Loqi

        It would appear Wisconsin has a pretty strong representation in the commentariat.

  • Stogoe

    I held my nose and voted for Boswell – an old white male centrist Blue Dog Democrat – though I had earlier in the year sworn not to vote for him. But he didn’t win – the slightly less old only mostly crazy white male Republican won. Boo.

    The silver lining is we get to have a Democratic Primary next election rather than obsessively protect an awful guy just because he had the job the last time around.

  • Andrew Kohler

    Correction: Tammy B. is the chamber’s first *out* lesbian (or *out* LGBT member). Talk to some Washington insiders….