NewsPolitics 115th Congress: House, Senate leaders and demographics By Nicole Brown email@example.com Updated January 3, 2017 1:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The 115th Congress convened for the first time on Jan. 3, 2017. While it may be the most racially diverse Congress in history, it is still primarily white and male. Here's a look at the makeup of the 115th Congress -- according to data collected by Roll Call -- and the leaders in both the House and the Senate. House of Representatives Parties: Republican: 241; Democrat: 194; Independent: 0 Gender: Men: 248; Women: 83 Race: White: 339; Black: 46; Hispanic: 33; Asian: 10; Other: 3 Senate Parties: Republican: 52; Democrat: 46; Independent: 2 Gender: Men: 78; Women: 21 Race: White: 90; Black: 3; Hispanic: 4; Asian: 3 Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan Photo Credit: Getty Images / Zach Gibson House Speaker Paul Ryan, a representative from Wisconsin, has served in Congress since 1999. He was first elected speaker of the House in 2015 after former Speaker John Boehner retired, and he was re-elected by the new Congress on Jan. 3. House majority leader: Kevin McCarthy Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, seen on Oct. 8, 2015, has served in Congress since 2007. He became majority leader of the House in 2014 and was re-elected following the 2016 elections. House minority leader: Nancy Pelosi Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson Nancy Pelosi, seen on May 19, 2016, is a representative of California. She has served as the Democratic leader, or minority leader in the House, since 2011. Pelosi was speaker of the House between 2007 to 2011, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Senate President: Joe Biden until Jan. 20 Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson Vice President Joe Biden will continue to serve as the president of the Senate until Jan. 20 when Vice President-elect Mike Pence is sworn in. Pence has served as the governor of Indiana since 2013, and he was a representative in the House between 2001 and 2013. Senate majority leader: Mitch McConnell Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson Mitch McConnell has served as a senator from Kentucky since 1985. He is the longest-serving senator from the state. He became the Senate majority leader in 2015. Senate minority leader: Chuck Schumer Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, of Brooklyn, will serve as the Senate minority leader. Schumer, seen here on July 6, 2016, has been in Congress since 1981, first serving as a New York representative until 1998, when he was elected as a senator. He has not been the leader of the party previously. By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.