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January 02, 2013 6:30 PM 113th House Fun Facts

By Jonathan Bernstein

The House Press Gallery has a nice fact sheet on the incoming 113th House. Lots of fun facts, some of which I knew (78 women, 59D/19R, not counting 3 delegates, all Democrats), and some of which I didn’t (9 Asian Americans — all Democrats, not counting two Democratic delegates). And one total shocker, at least to those of us who remember 1995.

Also worth noting…

7 of the 47 new Democratic Members are also old Democratic Members. Seems like a pretty experienced frosh class. Only one of the 35 new Republicans has been in the House before — Steve Stockman of Texas.

27 incumbents were defeated in 2012, 20 in general elections (well, really, 20 by opposite party opponents; the one in Louisiana was a same-party general election runoff).

I’m really interested in the seniority stuff. First of all, I didn’t realize that Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was now dean of Hispanic Members; she entered the House in August 1989. More generally, and looking only at continuous service:

Five Members served while Richard Nixon was president. There are two remaining Watergate babies, George Miller and Henry Waxman.

21 Members served with Tip O’Neill.

46 served while George H.W. Bush was president. 23 entered in January 1993.

Add two more soon after that, and only 71 remember what it was like when Democrats always had the majority.

Only 12 remain from Newt’s revolution class of 1995. And of those 12, only 7 are Republicans — the 7/5 R/D ratio of remaining Members from that class has to be the craziest statistic of the incoming Congress.

122 served when Bill Clinton was president.

Over half of the House was not there (again, continuously) in 2006; only 202 of them served during the GOP majority that ended that year.

Only 233 Members of the 113th House served when George W. Bush was president — 201 (there’s one vacancy) Members have only (continuously at least) served while Barack Obama was president.

That’s all for now; make of all this what you will. I’m still digesting that 104th Congress shocker. Nice job, Newt!

[Cross-posted at A plain blog about politics]

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Jonathan Bernstein is a political scientist who writes about American politics, especially the presidency, Congress, parties, and elections.

Comments

  • t-rex on January 03, 2013 8:33 PM:

    Oh come on, don't leave us hanging. I remember '95, but not every single member of Congress. Please, what's the shocker?

  • Treetop on January 04, 2013 6:38 AM:

    1995 was a huge Republican wave election where they gained control of the House for the first time in a generation. The shock is that there are nearly as many remaining Democrats (5) as Republicans (7).