Earlier this month, the most diverse House freshman class in history convened to undergo new representative education including how “to find their way around Capitol Hill, run a congressional office and handle constituent casework.” While everything may have seemed historical in a sense, the bigger issue comes from the fact that, of the two parties, all of the diversity came from the Democratic side minus one Republican woman.
For Democrats, the future looks bright as many of their elected officials were young, female, and racially diverse. “The new members include several firsts for Congress — the first Muslim women, the first Native American women and the first African American women from several states.” The amount of first from the Democrats was so large it honestly blows the mind.
To get a sense of the diverging points of the Democrat and Republican representatives,
“Dave Wasserman, the House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, recently calculated that the percentage of white men as a share of House Democrats is “set to decline from 41 percent to 38 percent as a result of the 2018 election.” “Meanwhile, the percentage of white men as a share of House Republicans is on track to rise from 86 percent to 90 percent,” he tweeted Sunday.”
What makes this issue even more odd is the fact that, with a homogeneous group like the Republicans are, under the Trump Administration, outside of the tax cuts Republicans have largely not agreed on much. On the Democratic side, things may be the same however as, when questioned about key issues, multiple representatives gave multiple answers.
Time will tell what this change means from a policy standpoint but for the Dems, this is a massive step in a new direction. How Republicans will grow is still under debate.