January 3rd, 2013
08:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Meet the 113th Congress: More diverse than ever

Washington (CNN) - The newly sworn-in 113th Congress is the most diverse group of representatives in history, reflecting changing demographics and changing public attitudes.

98 women, 43 African-Americans, 31 Latinos, 12 Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, and seven gay and bisexual members are now new members of the House and Senate. Plus, there is the first Buddhist member in the Senate and Hindu member in the House of Representatives.

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  1. Smith

    That makes America.That is what we stand for.America is moving forward.Unlike these bunch of misguided tea patiers whom I call political terrorists dont want our country to take her leadership role in the world.Listen to their chairperson,Kremer who owe her ancestry to the Kremlin,saying there wiill

    January 3, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Smith

    That makes America.That is what we stand for.America is moving forward.Unlike these bunch of misguided tea patiers whom I call political terrorists dont want our country to take her leadership role in the world.Listen to their chairperson,Kremer who owe her ancestry to the Kremlin,saying there wiil be consequences for preventing America from going over cliff?.I donot think she is a tru American.She thinks like her ancestors in the kremlin.She must apologise to the good people of this great country.She is a political terrorist,period!

    January 3, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The more Congress reflects the country, the better (hopefully) it should be. As long as the people in Congress understand how to compromise and work to do the business of the American public.

    January 3, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. DENNA

    This is great. Finally the senate reflects the new America, much as President Obama's two elections. Maybe now we can all get something done with so many diverse opinions. Good luck to the 113th Congress. You seriously have got to be better than ther 112th Do Nothing Congress.

    January 3, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Chris

    This. congress better not screw around, gay or straight,(like it really matters) they sure have a lot of it piled up. Diversity is always good. I just hope these people can work together and actually use their intellect. How about making America proud boys and girls? Good luck.

    January 4, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  6. Anonymous

    One thing is for sure–they can't be any worse than the last one!!!

    January 4, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    It is NOT diverse–it is ETHICS now we need. It is lost. GREED is prevalent.

    January 4, 2013 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  8. Marie MD

    I don't care how diverse they are. I want them to do the job they have been elected to do!
    They can't be any worse than the 112th congress!! Or can they? Gawd help us!

    January 4, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |