535ish Ways to Look at a Diverse Congress

Jason Dick
Posted February 5, 2013 at 6:01pm

As we all gear up for tonight’s Congress prom (the Washington Press Foundation’s 69th Annual Congressional Dinner), it’s important to get down your topics of conversation now, while you’re all still sober.

The sequester? Ehh. Might want to leave that one alone.

Chuck Hagel? Maybe not. Looks like he’s going to get confirmed after all.

Upcoming travel to the Dominican Republic? Only if Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., isn’t around.

How about the fact that this is the most diverse Congress is history? We know, we know. A little wonky. But the 113th Congress is the most diverse in history, so why not let fly a few fun facts?

And for that, we’ve got a handy-dandy interactive chart, 535ish Ways to Look at the 113th Congress, that allows you to fiddle with the data and find out, say, how many younger-than-40 Hispanics or female Republicans are in the House. Check it out. Give it a spin. It’ll only be an hour so before Major Garrett takes the mic and emcees the night away.