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.