One of the greatest results of the Congressional Elections of 2012 is the tremendous diversity that will be present in the upcoming 113th Congress, which begins on January 3.
Just in the new membership, there will be:
4 African Americans
10 Latino Americans
5 Asian Americans
1 Non theist
4 openly gay
1 openly bisexual
1 gay of color
4 born in the 1980s
It will include such likely stars of the future as:
Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, whose brother, Julian Castro, is Mayor of that city
Joe Garcia, who is the first Cuban Democrat to represent Miami
Ted Cruz, second Cuban Republican Senator, from Texas
Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, first Hindu Congresswoman
Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, first Buddhist Senator
Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Iraq War hero and diabled from her service in the war
Lois Frankel of Florida, former Mayor of West Palm Beach
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, professor and promoter of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, first openly gay Senator
Patrick Murphy of Florida, youngest member of the new House
Joseph Kennedy III, son of former Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, and grandson of Robert Kennedy
It will be a most interesting Congress coming up in 2013-2014!
I am with my family here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the Holidays and I wanted to take this time you wish you the best Season’s Greetings for you and your family. I have truly enjoyed our friendship over the last year plus my friend.
I want to thank you for your good wishes at this holiday season, and know that I truly appreciate your friendship and participation, as much as your Maryland neighbor, Maggie Mitchell!