Breaking down the new Congress (by religion)

In terms of religious affiliations, the incoming 111th Congress looks, more or less, like America.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has charted the religions of current and incoming congresspeople and senators.

From Pew:

“Collectively, Protestants account for more than half (54.7%) of the 111th Congress, about the same proportion as their share of the U.S. adult population (51.3%). But American Protestantism is very diverse and encompasses more than a dozen major denominational families, such as Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians, all with unique beliefs, practices and histories. When these Protestant denominational families are considered as separate religious groups, Catholics are the single largest religious group in the 111th Congress. Catholics, who account for nearly one-quarter of the U.S. adult population, make up about 30% of Congress. Indeed, the number of Catholics in Congress is two-and-a-half times the size of the next largest religious group, Baptists, who make up about 12% of the members.”


Very interesting stuff.

Here’s some of Pew’s findings: