In House of Representatives, Republicans Remain the White Man Party

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Republican House and Sentate leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell (AP photos)

This just in: The Republican Party is as white as ever.


This fact is glaringly true in the U.S. House of Representatives, where nearly 90% of the GOP caucus is made up of white men. Not exactly representative of the U.S. population, which is less than a third Caucasian and male.


For anyone wondering, more than half (53%) of the House Democratic caucus are not white men.


David Wasserman at FiveThirtyEight wrote that once upon a time, white guys ruled Congress from both sides of the aisle (98% of House Democrats and 97% of House Republicans were white men in 1950).


Since then, Democrats have overhauled their pool of representatives, bringing in scores of women and minorities, as well as gays and lesbians.


The GOP, however, has stuck with the same color and gender palette, which leaves election experts wondering how the party expects to broaden its appeal to the rest of the country in coming presidential contests.


This fall, according to Red State’s Dan McLaughlin, the gap between the two parties is uncharacteristically close in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, with Democrats running or supporting 53 white male and 18 non-white and/or female candidates, and the Republicans putting forward 58 white male and 13 non-white and/or female candidates.

 -Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

After the Midterms, The Diversity Gap in the House Will Be Wider Than Ever (by David Wasserman, FiveThirtyEight)

93% of Democratic Senate or Governor Candidates Are White (by Dan McLaughlin, Red State)

House Republican Committee Leaders: White Men 19; Everyone Else 0 (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


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