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The GOP just lost its only non-Christian in Congress

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss means Congress will soon say goodbye to its only Jewish Republican.

And not only that; it also means there will likely be no Republicans in Congress who profess to be anything other than a Christian.

According to data collected by the Pew Forum at the start of the 113th Congress last year, the GOP conference was 69 percent Protestant, 25 percent Catholic, 4 percent Mormon and 1 percent Orthodox Christian.

Cantor (Va.) was the only member of any other faith on the Republican side in either the House or the Senate -- out of 278 members. There are no non-religious Republicans in Congress either.

Here's how that looks:


Democrats, by contrast, are significantly more religiously diverse. At the start of 2013, they had 32 Jews, three Buddhists, two Muslims, a Hindu (the first to serve in Congress, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard), a Unitarian Universalist, one "unaffiliated" and 10 members who haven't specified a religion.

Here's how the entire religious makeup of Congress looks:

For more on how the Jewish community felt about their Republican House majority leader, see Michelle Boorstein's great piece: "Jews from both parties express regret at losing Cantor in Congress"

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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