Sunday, March 22, 2009

Stat of the Day: Minorities in the Senate

In the history of the United States Senate there have been:

6 African American Senators
(1 currently serving - may soon be zero)
5 Asian American Senators
(2 currently serving)
6 Hispanic American Senators
(2 currently serving - one set to retire)
3 Native American Indian Senators
(zero currently serving)

Since it's inception in 1789, nearly 1,900 individuals have served as United States Senator.

This means African Americans and Latinos each make up approximately 0.32% of all senators in U.S. history. Asian Americans account for 0.26%, and Native Americans 0.16%.

Of all U.S. Senators in history, 98.9% have been white.


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