The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

New Congress is most diverse in history

The new Congress that takes office at noon will have the distinction of being the most diverse yet to serve.

That's not to say there won't still be a lot of older white guys in the 113th Congress. The nation's legislative body will still remain less racially diverse than the nation as a whole and men still dramatically outnumber women.

Still, the new crop of House and Senate members break a number of key barriers. For the first time, white men will be in the minority of the 200-member Democratic caucus in the House. There will be 44 African-Americans in the House and one in the Senate: Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the first black Senator since 1979. Two of the Senate's three Hispanics will be Republicans (Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas). Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey in a Democrat.