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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) while surrounded by her family as the 213th Congress began Thursday.
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Date published: 1/4/2013
The new House will have 33 Hispanics, with 25 Democrats and eight Republicans. That's up slightly from last year. The Senate will have three Hispanics: Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and Republican freshman Ted Cruz of Texas.
The new House will have nine Asian Americans, all Democrats. There are two American Indians: Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Ben Lujan, D-N.M.
According to CQ Roll Call newspaper, the average age of House members in the 113th Congress is 57; the average age of senators is 62. It estimates that the House will include some 277 Protestants and Catholics, 22 Jews, two Muslims and two Buddhists. The Senate will have 80 Protestants and Catholics and 10 Jews. The House will have its first Hindu, Rep.Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. Senate freshman Mazie Hirono, also of Hawaii, will be the Senate's only Buddhist. Also for the first time, white men will be a minority among House Democrats.
The above numbers do not include House delegates, all Democrats, who can participate in House committee activities but cannot vote on the House floor. Delegates are from American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.