Election 2012 proved to be a year of diversity in the electorate that helped propel the president to victory.
That diverse electorate also voted to send the most diverse Congress in history to Washington —
- more women,
- more LGBT people (including the first ever openly gay Senator),
- more religious diversity,
- more racial diversity, and
- more younger members.
While the new Congress is still older, whiter, and more male than the country as a whole, the incoming Congress starts us on the path to look (and represent) a bit more like the rest of America.
- For the first time ever, the House Democratic caucus will not be majority white male.
- Meanwhile, the Republican caucus actually grew less diverse (go figure).
Center for American Progress looked at the new and diverse faces coming to Washington for the 113th Congress: