Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The 115th Congress Starts Today
Here are the ugly numbers
In the US House, there will be 241 GOP members versus 194 Democrats The GOP majority lost seven seats in the 2016 election. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is still the Speaker of the House and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is still the House Minority Leader.
It's ironically the most racially diverse in US history. There will be 49 African American congressmembers, up from the 46 that served in the 114th Congress. There will be 38 Latinx congressmembers, an increase from the 31 who served in the last Congress. 15 congress members will be Asian American, also an increase from the 11 that served in the last Congress
And as usual, the vast majority of those congress members of color will be Democrats.
In the US Senate, its 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats with two independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont caucusing with the Democrats to make it a 52-48 GOP majority.
Once again the GOP lost two senate seats in the 2016 election, but not the seven needed for the Democrats to regain control of that chamber.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is still (boo hiss) the Senate Majority Leader, and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) takes over for the retired Harry Reid as the Senate Minority Leader.
There will be a record 21 women serving as US senators. The bright spots for the Democrats is that this senate class has three history making freshman senators in it.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) became the first ever Latina US senator when she was sworn in today to replace the retiring Sen. Harry Reid. She is also the first Latinx senator ever elected of Mexican American heritage. The others have all been Cuban-Americans.
Sen Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) who knocked off incumbent Republican Sen Mark Kirk, moves from the US House and becomes the second Asian American female senator elected after Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who was elected in 2012.
And for those of yall in Black Greek world wondering which Divine Nine org she belongs to, Sen Harris is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
So hold on to your human rights, the GOP controlled 115th Congress is in session.
Is it November 6, 2018 yet?