House Democrats may soon have more women lawmakers than white men

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Women are on track to replace white men among Democrats in the House, according to data compiled by the lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.

The data, compiled from the congressional tracking websites Legistorm and Pew Research Center, show that women now account for about 32.7 percent of House Democrats in 2017, while white men account for about 39.7 percent.

The narrowing gender and race gap among Democrats suggests that women could soon surpass white male Democrats in the chamber. A record number of women are running for House seats in 2018, increasing the chances that they could be in the majority among Democrats.


The data show a relatively consistent downward trend in the number of white male Democrats in the House between 1961 and 2017. The percentage peaked at 94.3 percent in 1962, the same year that the number of Democratic women serving hit its low point of 2.3 percent. 

White men still made up the majority of House Republicans at 86.8 percent in 2017, down from their peak of 97.9 percent in 1973, according to the data that was shared with The Hill by Bruce Mehlman, who heads Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.

Women candidates have racked up a number of primary wins in 2018, prompting some political observers to dub it the “Year of the Woman.”

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