Friday, April 13, 2007

This quote comes via political wire:
"This is the first time in my life I've brought diversity to a group."

-- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), quoted by the Washington Post, on his Judiciary Committee membership. Said fellow committee member Sen. Chuck Schumer, "normally, you’ve got to be a Jew or a Catholic to get on this committee. You’re the first WASP."
  • Arlen Specter
    • Jew
  • Benjamin L. Cardin
    • Jew
  • Charles E. Grassley
    • Baptist
  • Charles E. Schumer
    • Jew
  • Dianne Feinstein
    • Jew
  • Edward M. Kennedy
    • Catholic
  • Herb Kohl
    • Jew
  • Jeff Sessions
    • Methodist
  • John Cornyn
    • Church of Christ
  • Jon Kyl
    • Presbyterian
  • Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    • Catholic
  • Lindsey Graham
    • Baptist
  • Orrin G. Hatch
    • Mormon
  • Patrick J. Leahy
    • Catholic
  • Richard J. Durbin
    • Catholic
  • Russell D. Feingold
    • Jew
  • Sam Brownback
    • Catholic
  • Sheldon Whitehouse
    • WASP
  • Tom Coburn
    • Baptist
As you presumably noticed, these folks are all white and many of them are protestant. I think Schumer must have been refering to the Dem members. There are 10 of them, and the religious breakdown of the non-whitehouse 9 is: five Jews and 4 Catholics.

Of the 9 Republicans there are 6 Protestants, 1 Catholic, 1 Jew, and 1 Mormon (i think there is a machloket about whether mormons are/aren't protestants).

There are, of course, far more Jews and Catholics in the Dem Caucus than the Republican caucus which may explain this difference. I bet Jews tend to have law degrees at a higher rate in the caucus as in the population overall which may motivate their over-representation of the Judiciary committee.

3 Comments:

At 4/14/2007 , Blogger bpt said...

Maybe it's that Justice Justice Shall You Pursue thing?

 
At 4/17/2007 , Blogger Evin said...

I think that the debate is not over whether Mormons are Protestant, but over whether they are actually Christians at all. Thus the controversy over Romney's quest for the Repulican nomination.

 
At 4/18/2007 , Blogger BZ said...

The Supreme Court has an interesting breakdown in the other direction (though the Jews are still liberal): the 5 conservative justices are all Catholic, and the 4 liberal justices are 2 Jews and 2 Protestants.

 

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