The 116th Congress, opening on January 3, 2019, will have exactly 100 new members, an all time high turnover.
It will contain 235 Democrats and 200 Republicans in the House of Representatives, a gain of 40 seats by the Democrats, the most massive turnover since the Midterm Elections of 1974, after Richard Nixon had resigned that August due to the Watergate Scandal.
The Senate will be 53 Republicans to 45 Democrats and 2 Independents (Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont), an increase of two seats for the Republicans.
It is much more “Blue” or Democratic and younger and more diverse in every way, a true “Blue Wave”.
The average age of the newcomers is age 49.
63 of the new members are Democrats, and 37 are Republicans, with the Democrats having 60 new House members and 3 Senators, while the Republicans have 31 new House members and 6 Senators.
So there are 91 new House members and 9 new Senators, making a turnover of about 20 percent of the House and 9 percent of the Senate in membership.
40 of the new 100 members of Congress are women, 36 in the House and 4 in the Senate.
60 of the new members are men, 55 in the House and 5 in the Senate.
24 of the new House members are Hispanic, Native American and people of color, but all of the newly elected Senators are white.
History Makers include: Marsha Blackburn (R) of Tennessee, the first woman elected to Congress from her state; two Native American women elected to the House from Kansas and New Mexico; the Kansas Congresswoman being the first openly gay person elected to Congress from Kansas; first two Latina women elected to Congress from Texas; first Muslim women elected to Congress from Michigan and Minnesota; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York the youngest elected Congresswoman ever in Congress; the first black Congresswoman ever elected from Massachusetts and Connecticut; and Kyrsten Sinema the first woman elected to the Senate from Arizona, and also first openly bisexual member of the Senate.
We also have older new members in their 70s, Mitt Romney in the Senate at 71, and Donna Shalala of Florida in the House at 77.
The new Congressional group is highly educated, with 70 percent having gone to graduate school; one third having law degrees; 12 having MBAs; seven members having at least two graduate degrees; and Kyrsten Sinema having four graduate degrees.
19 members have served in the military, including 6 in the Army, 11 in the Navy, and 2 in the Air Force.
4 of the newcomers are professional athletes in their past, including 2 NFL football players, 1 professional hockey player, and 1 mixed martial arts fighter.
Also, there are 3 doctors, one dentist, 1 nurse, and 5 educators in the group of 100 new members of Congress.
The average age of members of Congress remains about the same as it has been, 58.5 years.
The total number of women in Congress are 124, an all time high, including 100 in the House and 24 in the Senate.
Finally, 21 percent of the Congress is Hispanic, Native American, and people of color.
Hopefully, the “Blue Wave” of 2018 will lead to a Democratic Senate and Democratic President in the Presidential Election of 2020.