Source: Data from Congress CQ roll call and Pew Forum. Based on 530 races that have been called as of Nov. 16, 2012. Blue squares represent Democrats. Red squares represent Republicans. Gray squares represent independents.
– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life
WASHINGTON — The most-ever Catholics have been elected to the two houses of Congress in the November election, according to the Pew Forum on Religion on Political Life, a non-partisan, nondenominational research center.
The Pew study of the religious composition of the new Congress indicates that Catholics picked up five more seats than they held in the previous Congress for a total of 161, giving them 30.4% of all the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, well above their 22% share of the adult population.
Overall, the study noted an unprecedented religious diversity among members of the 113th Congress.
John K. White, a politics professor at The Catholic University of...READ MORE