African Americans in Congress, by the numbers

August 28, 2013

Our friends over at the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics team are out with some great new data on African-American representation in the United States House.

Here are some of the tidbits we found most interesting:

The total number of African Americans elected to the House: 127.


Republican Sen. Tim Scott became the first black U.S. senator from South Carolina when he replaced Jim DeMint in January. (Grace Beahm — The Post and Courier via AP)

The number of states which have yet to elect an African American to the House: 25.

The percentage of elected African Americans that come from just five states: New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, and Georgia: 49 percent.

The percentage of representatives from Maryland who have been black since 1870 -- the highest percentage of any state. (South Carolina is second at 7.1 percent.): 7.2 percent.

The percentage of House seats won by African American candidates in 2012 -- a number that has risen in every post-redistricting election since 1922: 9.8 percent.

The percentage of elected African Americans that have been Democrats: 80 percent. The only elected black Republicans since 1900 have been Oscar De Priest of Illinois, Gary Franks of Connecticut, Tim Scott of South Carolina, J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, and Allen West of Florida.

Make sure to head on over to Smart Politics for much more.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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