The 117th Congress is the most ethnically and racially diverse Congress yet

Stef W. Kight
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Data: Brookings Institution and House Press Gallery; Note: The Democratic numbers add up to more than 221 because five Democratic representatives were counted in two race/ethnicity categories. Chart: Sara Wise and Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The 117th Congress is the most ethnically and racially diverse Congress yet, but the House Republican ranks remain far more white than that of their Democratic counterparts.

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Why it matters: American demographics are rapidly changing, with the nation projected to be majority minority in 2045. Representation has improved in Congress, but only about 28% of House members are Black, Hispanic, Asian or indigenous — even though those groups make up 39% of the total population, according to census data.

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