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What are the responsibilities of Members of Congress? (continued)

Congress is older, better educated, more white, more male, and richer than the rest of the United States. In the 115th Congress there are:

  • 50 African-Americans,
  • 39 Hispanic-Americans,
  • 15 Members of Asian or Native Hawaiian ancestry,
  • 2 Native Americans.
  • The total number of women in Congress is 109. There are 21 in the Senate and 88 in the House, three of whom are non-voting delegates from Washington, DC, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Does it make a difference if a representative or senator is male or female, African-American or Latino or Caucasian, young or old, gay or straight? Can a man represent the interests of women as well as a woman can? Can a rich woman represent the interests of the poor? Are veterans more sensitive to veterans' issues? Visit the Congressional Research Service for more demographic information of the 115th Congress.

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