A CNBC visualization of data from the Brookings Institution reveals that despite the improvement in the diversity of the U.S. Congress, it is composed mostly of white people.
The 116th Congress is the most diverse since 1930, with at least 114 lawmakers who are either African American, Asian or Hispanic. There are 3 African American senators and 53 representatives; 3 Asian American senators and 12 representatives; and 4 Hispanic American senators and 39 representatives. Despite this, only 1 in 5 in the 116th Congress is a person of color and almost 8 in 10 are white.
The data shows that nonwhite lawmakers have increased at a faster rate in the House of Representatives than in the Senate. Also, there are more Democratic people of color than Republicans.