How Representative Is The House, Really?

The 2012 election ushered in a new era of diversity in Congress with the election of dozens of women, the first openly lesbian senator and the first Hindu representative. But is the House actually representative of the country's diverse population? The diagram on the left shows the current demographic makeup of the House, and the diagram on the right shows what the House would look like if it truly represented the U.S. population. Select a demographic to see how both parties compare.

House of Representatives

Voting Population

Sources: United States Census, Associated Press, Gallup, CNN, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund / Graphic by: Chris Spurlock

THE HUFFINGTON POST

The 2013-2015
class of the
House will have

301 white men

92 are Democrats

209 are Republicans

58 are Democrats

104 are Republicans

If it represented
the voting population
the House would have

162 white men

The 2013-2015
class of the
House will have

81 women

61 are Democrats

20 are Republicans

121 are Democrats

97 are Republicans

If it represented
the voting population
the House would have

218 women

The 2013-2015
class of the
House will have

42 African Americans

41 are Democrats

1 is Republican

53 are Democrats

3 are Republicans

If it represented
the voting population
the House would have

56 African Americans

The 2013-2015
class of the
House will have

28 Hispanics

23 are Democrats

5 are Republicans

52 are Democrats

20 are Republicans

If it represented
the voting population
the House would have

72 Hispanics

The 2013-2015
class of the
House will have

12 Asians

12 are Democrats

0 are Republicans

16 are Democrats

6 are Republicans

If it represented
the voting population
the House would have

22 Asians

The 2013-2015
class of the
House will have

7 LGBT members

7 are Democrats

0 are Republicans

11 are Democrats

3 are Republicans

If it represented
the voting population
the House would have

14 LGBT members