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A Deep Dive into the Demographics of the 117th Congress

And what it means for your government relations and stakeholder strategies

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The 117th Congress reached an important milestone by being the most diverse in U.S. history. For government affairs professionals, this means the opportunity to get policy related to your organization in front of broader, potentially more empathetic lawmakers and staffers, and to reach new audiences for your issues.

Building a personal connection through similar experiences or a connection to your organization’s demographic can go a long way with new or returning members of Congress.

In this report, you will find key insights on the increases in diversity along the familiar lines of race, age, and sex — but with the aid of CQ and FiscalNote’s data, we go a layer beyond that to see where members of the 117th Congress lie by looking at their:

  • Alma mater
  • Marital status
  • Prior occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Military service
  • and more
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