Brad Schneider

New Congress: Minorities gain but still overwhelmingly white

Just like college freshmen, newly elected members of the House descended on Washington Monday for a week of orientation, a class photo and a lottery to determine their offices for the next two years.

The new Congress includes the first Latina senator, three House members moving across the Capitol to the Senate and a few former lawmakers who seized their old jobs back.

While the 115th Congress will include a record number of minority women, Congress will remain overwhelmingly white, male and middle-aged.

At the first day of orientation, Republicans expressed excitement about winning the White House while Democrats struck a conciliatory tone.

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