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Membership of the 112th Congress - A Profile

Membership of the 112th Congress - A Profile

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Published by Chuck Achberger
This report presents a profile of the membership of the 112
th
Congress (2011-2012). Statisticalinformation is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on partyaffiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religiousaffiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service
This report presents a profile of the membership of the 112
th
Congress (2011-2012). Statisticalinformation is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on partyaffiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religiousaffiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service

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CRS Report for Congress
 Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress
Membership of the 112
th
Congress: A Profile
Jennifer E. Manning
Information Research SpecialistSeptember 20, 2011
Congressional Research Service
7-5700www.crs.govR41647
 
 Membership of the 112
th
Congress: A ProfileCongressional Research Service
Summary
This report presents a profile of the membership of the 112
th
Congress (2011-2012). Statisticalinformation is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on partyaffiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religiousaffiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.Currently, in the House of Representatives there are 242 Republicans, 198 Democrats (including5 Delegates and the Resident Commissioner), and 1 vacant seat. The Senate has 47 Republicans,51 Democrats, and 2 Independents, who caucus with the Democrats.The average age of Members of the House at the beginning of the 112
th
Congress was 56.7 years;and of Senators, 62.2 years. The overwhelming majority of Members have a college education.The dominant professions of Members are public service/politics, business, and law. Protestantscollectively constitute the majority religious affiliation of Members. Roman Catholics account for the largest single religious denomination, and numerous other affiliations are represented.The average length of service for Representatives at the beginning of the 112
th
Congress was 9.8years (4.9 terms); for Senators, 11.4 years (1.9 terms). Ninety-three women serve in the 112
th
Congress: 76 in the House, including 3 Delegates, and 17in the Senate. There are 44 African American Members of the House (a record number) and nonein the Senate. This House number includes two Delegates. There are 28 Hispanic or LatinoMembers serving: 26 in the House, including the Resident Commissioner, and 2 in the Senate.Twelve Members (eight Representatives, two Delegates, and two Senators) are Asian or NativeHawaiian/other Pacific Islander. The only American Indian (Native American) serves in theHouse.The portions of this report covering political party affiliation, gender, ethnicity, and vacant seatswill be updated as events warrant. The remainder of the report will not be updated.
 
 Membership of the 112
th
Congress: A ProfileCongressional Research Service
Contents
Party Breakdown.............................................................................................................................1
 
Age...................................................................................................................................................1
 
Occupations.....................................................................................................................................2
 
Education.........................................................................................................................................4
 
Congressional Service......................................................................................................................5
 
Religion............................................................................................................................................5
 
Gender and Ethnicity.......................................................................................................................6
 
Female Members.......................................................................................................................6
 
African American Members......................................................................................................6
 
Hispanic Members.....................................................................................................................7
 
Asian Pacific American Members.............................................................................................7
 
American Indian Members........................................................................................................7
 
Foreign Birth....................................................................................................................................7
 
Military Service...............................................................................................................................7
 
Contacts
Author Contact Information.............................................................................................................8
 
Acknowledgments...........................................................................................................................8
 

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