NewsPolitics 116th Congress demographics: Race, religion, gender breakdowns The new Congress is the most diverse in history. Members of the House of Representatives swear in during the first session of the 116th Congress on Jan. 3 in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Updated January 7, 2019 2:23 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The 116th Congress is the most diverse in history and boasts several historical firsts. Among the milestones are the first Muslim women elected to Congress (Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan); the first Native American women (Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas and Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico); and the youngest female member ever elected, at 29 years old (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York) Here's a look at the makeup of the new Congress, according to data compiled by the House of Representatives, Senate and Pew Research Center. House of Representatives: 434 members (one vacancy) Note: Numbers do not include delegates Parties: Republican: 199; Democrat: 235; Independent: 0 Gender: Men: 332; Women: 102 Race: White: 326; Black: 52; Hispanic: 40; Asian: 12; Native American: 4 Religion: Protestant: 233; Catholic: 141; Jewish: 26; Mormon: 6; Orthodox Christian: 5; Hindu: 3; Muslim: 3; Unitarian Universalist: 2; Buddhist: 1; Didn’t know or refused to answer: 14 Senate: 100 members Parties: Republican: 53; Democrat: 45; Independent: 2 (both caucus with Democrats) Gender: Men: 75; Women: 25 Race: White: 91; Black: 3; Hispanic: 4; Asian: 3* *Sen. Kamala Harris identifies as both African-American and Asian-American. Religion: Protestant: 60; Catholic: 22; Jewish: 8; Mormon: 4; Buddhist: 1; Unaffiliated: 1; Don’t know or refused to answer: 4 Leadership: Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) House majority leader: Steny Hoyer (D-MD) House minority leader: Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Senate President: Vice President Mike Pence Senate majority leader: Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Senate minority leader: Chuck Schumer (D-NY) By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.