Diversity in Congress

The Changing Face of Congress.

The 116th United State Congress is the most diverse in American history though it is still much whiter than the country overall.

Of 22 newly elected minority members of the 116th Congress, only 1 is a Republican.

Check out the following article from Pew Research on the changing face of Congress and answer the questions that follow.

Questions for Completion.

1. Identify three trends you read from the article.

2. What are some potential structural barriers and other factors that may prevent minority candidates from being elected to Congress?

3.  Should diversity of candidates and Congresspeople be a goal of the Democratic and Republican Parties? Why or why not?

4.  How could having more women or people of color change Congress, if at all? Why or why not?


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