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Monday, January 26, 2009

Two Congresses, Two Political Branches

Descriptive Representation and the 111th Congress




..............................................House Senate USA


  • Average Age...................57.0... 63.1... 37.8
  • % Women........................18....... 17..... 50.7
  • % African-American .....9.0..... 1.0...... 12.8
  • % Latino........................ 6.2..... 3.0...... 14.8
  • % Asian .........................1.6..... 2.0...... 4.4
  • Income....................... $174,000... $50,233*

*Median household income in 2007

Charlie Melancon has an official House site. In 2006, he had a campaign site but did not update it for 2008 because he ran unopposed.

Here is a 2006 Melancon ad:





Here we might see both Congresses:



What the Constitution says about Congress.


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