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116th Congress has the lowest number of Christians and Protestants in history
West side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo by Martin Falbisoner

116th Congress has the lowest number of Christians and Protestants in history

Jan 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – Overall, there has been a 3 percent decline in the number of members of of the new 116th Congress who identify as Christian as compared to the 115th Congress, according to Pew Research.

Additionally, the 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.

In the 115th Congress, 91 percent of members were Christian, while in the 116th Congress 88 percent are Christian. There are also four more Jewish members, one additional Muslim and one more Unitarian Universalist in the new Congress – as well as eight more members who decline to state their religious affiliation.

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