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The 113th Congress by the Numbers

The new Senate and House Members represent the American melting pot.

California Rep. Alan Lowenthal is the oldest member of the 113th Congress. Photography courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The 94 new members of Congress were sworn in today, beginning at noon in ceremonies on Capitol Hill. In the Senate chamber, 12 freshmen took the oath. In the House, 82 new representatives were sworn in.

Here’s a look at the freshman class of 2013 by the numbers:

Number of Democrats: 55 (8 in the Senate, 47 in the House)

Number of Republicans: 38 (3 in the Senate, 35 in the House)

Number of Independents: 1 (Representative Angus King of Maine)

Number of women: 24 (5 in the Senate, 19 in the House)

Number of minorities: 22

Number with a record of military service: 12 (including 2 women)

Number of Kennedys: 1 (Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Joseph Kennedy)

71: Age of oldest member, California Democrat Rep. Alan Lowenthal

31: Age of youngest member, Hawaii Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

$290,759: Smallest total spent on election, by Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman

$39,309,855: Largest total spent on election, by Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine

First openly bisexual member: Arizona Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (also the first member to list her religion as “none”)

First openly gay member elected to Senate: Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin

First Hindu member: Tulsi Gabbard

First state with an all-woman delegation: New Hampshire

First Buddhist senator: Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono

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Comments
  • GreenHawkIA

    Fairly certain Angus King is a Senator, not a Representative.

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