The new house is the most diverse in history, but with colored people making up only 27% of the total membership, the house is still much whiter than the general population who are nearly 40% colored. However, these numbers vary widely by party, with 43% of House Democrats but only 8% of House Republicans being black people.
The Senate is even whiter than the House with only 11% of colored people, and just as the House sees partisan inequality, colored people make up 16% of Senate Democrats but only 6% of Republicans. We’ve also included maps and statistics on the House’s gender and religion, which Democrats similarly view as being much more diverse than Republicans.
Be sure to bookmark this standings guide as we will keep it updated as Congress membership changes and new demographic information becomes available.
● FL Sen: Democratic MP Stephanie Murphy says she is “seriously considering running for the Senate,” despite aiming for a race next year when Marco Rubio is up for re-election and in 2024 when Rick is on Scott the series. To that end, she has embarked on a “nationwide listening tour,” although she has not given a timetable for when to make a decision.
Politico’s Marc Caputo reports that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has encouraged her to challenge Rubio and that Rep. Val Demings has been “approached” but appears to be less interested than her Orlando-area congressional colleague. This may be due in part to the fact that Murphy’s buoyant suburban district is more likely to be attacked by Republicans in redistribution than Demings’ seat, which is considerably bluer.
● NC Sen: For the first time in a while, Lara Trump, wife of Donald Trump’s son Eric, spoke about her potential interest in a Senate offer and told Fox’s Sean Hannity about it. “I took it very seriously and I have no decision to announce it. But I will tell you stay tuned because it is surely something I would love to do.” This is the first time Trump has directly confirmed their interest. In the past she had gotten no further than refusing to rule out a run.
● NH-Sen: Army Brig retired. General Don Bolduc, who fell short in the Republican primary last year, insists he will not abandon his second Senate bid even if Governor Chris Sununu, the preferred choice of GOP leaders, enters the race. While Sununu recently said he would make up his mind no earlier than this summer, his notoriety, popularity and fundraising ability would put Bolduc’s promise to the test.
A new poll from the University of New Hampshire found that Sununu narrowly ousted Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan 48-46, while Hassan led former Senator Kelly Ayotte (who ousted her in 2016) 48-43 and crushed Bolduc 52-39. and wipes out former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski 53-34. Of this group, only Bolduc is currently running.
● BISE Sen: State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, one of several Wisconsin Democrats considering an offer for the Senate, will decide whether to take part in the race this spring, according to an unnamed spokeswoman. Milwaukee Bucks CEO Alex Lasry and Outagamie County CEO Tom Nelson are running for the Democratic nod.
● NY-Gov: Lindsey Boylan, a former advisor to Democrat Andrew Cuomo, responded this week to her previous allegation that the governor sexually molested her and said in an online essay that Cuomo had a hostile workplace and kissed her on the mouth once unsolicited . Boylan first publicly accused Cuomo of harassment in December, but did not disclose details at the time. A Cuomo spokesperson denied the allegations, just as Cuomo himself did last year when they first surfaced. Boylan is running for the President of Manhattan in this year’s Open Seat Race. last year she lost a primary challenge to Democratic MP Jerry Nadler 67-22.
● NY-Gov: For some reason the temporary New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio isn’t ruling out an offer for the governor next year. “I haven’t made any plans for my next steps yet,” said de Blasio when asked about a possible campaign in a new radio interview, adding that he was focused on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
De Blasio’s feuds with Democratic colleague Andrew Cuomo were legendary, but the governor always defeated the mayor, so it’s hard to see why de Blasio would be interested in more punishment. For the first time in his career, however, Cuomo is facing joint opposition from members of his own party angry at his attempts to hide the scale of care home deaths from COVID-19. These recently exposed efforts have reportedly prompted the FBI to open an investigation into the Cuomo government, and Cuomo is also facing new allegations of sexual harassment (see our separate point above).
It’s still hard to imagine that Cuomo, who fought off primary challenges from the left in both 2014 and 2018 and lost an offer for a renomination, and while he’s currently in an ebb, wouldn’t face prominent opponents against him. It would be an even bigger surprise if Cuomo abandoned his quest for a fourth term, a goal that eluded his father, the late Mario Cuomo, who fell victim to the 1994 Gingrich Wave. But if he should retire anyway, there are many Democratic politicians more popular than de Blasio who could step in, such as Attorney General Tish James.
● TX-06: Sery Kim, who served in the Small Business Administration during the Trump administration, announced Thursday that she would run as a Republican candidate in the May 1 special all-party conference to succeed the late MP Ron Wright. Kim, the daughter of immigrants from Korea, would be the first Asian-American member of Congress in Texas. Another addition is Army veteran Mike Egan, who has been awarded the Bronze Star twice.
The Republican who has drawn the most attention so far is longtime party activist Susan Wright, the late Congressman’s wife. On Thursday, Wright revealed the recommendations of two congressmen from other Texas seats, Lance Gooden and Jodey Arrington. Wright is also supported by several other Republicans named as possible candidates: State Representatives David Cook and Tony Tinderholt, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Chris Turner said this week that he would stay out of the race. Registration closes on Wednesday.