The new Congress will be the most diverse ever
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FILE -This July 28, 2011 file photo shows the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the Senate are pressing for money to immediately repair the iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol, which has fallen into disrepair and has at least 1,300 cracks in it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (J. Scott Applewhite)
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Digital First Media· Thu, Jan 03 2013 07:47:58
The 113th Congress
will be the most diverse in U.S. history
, though it still lags behind the changing demographics of the country. Below, a look at some of the firsts among the new senators and representatives.
First Buddhist senator
Photo courtesy of Mazie Hirono. html" class="">Two other Buddhists serve in Congress: Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii.
Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, will succeed retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka. Raised in the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism, she considers herself a non-practicing Buddhist.
First openly gay senator
U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin celebrates her victory in November. (Darren Hauck/Getty Images) First Hindu in Congress
Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) First openly bisexual member of Congress
Kyrsten Sinema photo courtesy of kyrstensinema.com. The most female senators
Sens. Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow and Amy Klobuchar speak at a 2012 press conference (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The incoming Senate will have 20 women (16 Democrats and four Republicans),
the largest number
in the history of the Senate. The previous Senate had 17 women.
Seventh African-American senator
Then-Rep. Tim Scott leaves a Senate Republican lunch with Sen. Jim DeMint in 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)