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Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:45
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By Carol Zimmermann | Catholic News Service | twitter: @carolmaczim

WASHINGTON — The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian — 91 percent — with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate.

Overall, there are six fewer Christians in the new Congress, at 485 members. But there are four more Catholics, who now total 168.

The high percentage of Christians in Congress is similar to the 87th Congress in 1961, the first year such information was collected. At the time, 95 percent of Congress members were Christian.

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