Religious newcomers on Capitol Hill

First Muslims and Buddhists in Congress
When it reconvenes, Congress will for the first time include a Muslim, two Buddhists, more Jews than Episcopalians, and the highest-ranking Mormon in congressional history.

Roman Catholics remain the largest single faith group in Congress, accounting for 29 percent of all members of the House and Senate, followed by Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Jews and Episcopalians.

While Catholics in Congress are Democrats by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio, the most heavily Democratic groups are Jews and those not affiliated with any religion. Of the 43 Jewish members of Congress, only three are Republican, one in the House and two in the Senate. The six religiously unaffiliated members of the House are all Democrats.

 

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