Religious diversity in Congress reflects changing profile of U.S. population.
The unprecedented religious diversity of those serving in the new 113th Congress is a reflection of changing U.S. demographics, say experts at Pew Research who examined the religious profiles. Citing three new developments—including the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber, and the first member to identify her religion as “none”—experts say that these changes reflect national trends.
“With growing numbers of people from religions other than Christianity and Judaism we are bound to see more elected representatives from these different groups,” says Sean D. Foreman, PhD, professor of associate professor of political science at Barry University and author of The Roads to Congress 2010 and the forthcoming The Roads to Congress 2012.
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