Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Religious Composition of 113th Congress Compiled
Pew Forum last week released an analysis of the religious makeup of the new 113th Congress. Protestants hold 56% of the seats in Congress. Among Protestant groups, Baptists hold the largest number of seats-- 74 in all. Catholics hold 30% of the seats, holding 5 seats more than in the last Congress. 6% of the members of the new Congress are Jewish, a loss of 7 seats from the 112th Congress. Mormons hold almost 3% of the seats. Reflecting increased diversity, the new Congress includes 3 Buddhists (including 1 for the first time in the Senate), 2 Muslims and, for the first time, a Hindu member. Opposing Views has further commentary on the data.