Although Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, nearly 7 percent of the new Congress is Jewish, with 36 Jews among the total of 535 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. In the Senate, the 9 Jews members comprise 9 percent of that body.
All of the Jews in the Senate are Democrats, as are all but two in the House. The Republican exceptions are Reps. Lee Zeldin and David Kustoff, from New York and Tennessee, respectively. They are the only non-Christian Republicans in the Congress, according to a report by Pew.
This Congress has six more Jews than its predecessor, which had 30 Jewish members. The record was the 1993 Congress, which included 51 Jews — nearly 10 percent of the total.
(8 Democrats, 1 Independent)
(25 Democrats, 2 Republican)
David Cicilline (D-RI)
* New member
# Bennet’s mother was Jewish but he does not affiliate with any religion.
Source: “Faith on the Hill,” Pew Research Center, (January 3, 2019).