173 Lawyers and a Buddhist Walk Into a Capitol ...

Where do politicians come from? The new Congress, by the numbers

Dorothy Gambrell

Under the Dome | Does not count mustaches worn as part of a beard

DATA: INDIVIDUAL CONGRESSIONAL WEBSITES AND CAMPAIGN WEBSITES; CONGRESSIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY; AMERICAN LEGION; LGBT EQUALITY CAUCUS

Incoming 113th Congress

Senate

Nonprofit

4 nonprofit and community workers +1

Education

7 educators no change

Health Care

3 medical professionals no change

Farmers, Ranchers

3 farmers and ranchers +1

Change from the last Congress

Business

22 businesspeople no change

Lawyers

45 lawyers -1

Government and Politics

9 career politicians and government employees -1

Media and Entertainment

2 entertainment and media -1

Military, Law Enforcement

3 career military and law enforcement +1

Other

Other: 1 social worker, 1 engineer +1

House

Nonprofit

10 nonprofit and community workers no change

Education

44 educators +2

Health Care

29 medical professionals (including 2 veterinarians) +1

Farmers, Ranchers

12 farmers and ranchers -1

Business

108 businesspeople -7

Accountants

7 accountants no change

Lawyers 128 lawyers +3

Government and Politics

55 career politicians and government employees +2

Military, Law Enforcement

19 career military and law enforcement +1

Media and Entertainment

8 entertainment and media +4

Other

Other: 2 social workers, 1 microbiologist, 1 legal secretary, 2 clergy, 2 engineers, 1 youth camp director, 1 mill supervisor, 1 physicist, 1 carpenter, and 1 union rep -4

Congress lost its only atheist when Democrat Pete Stark lost reelection. But the House gained its first Hindu, Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and the Senate its first Buddhist, Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

DATA: INDIVIDUAL CONGRESSIONAL WEBSITES AND CAMPAIGN WEBSITES; CONGRESSIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY; AMERICAN LEGION; LGBT EQUALITY CAUCUS

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