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January 3rd, 2013
08:01 PM ET

Meet the 113th Congress: More diverse than ever

By Jim Acosta, CNN National Political Correspondent

Washington (CNN) - The newly sworn-in 113th Congress is the most diverse group of representatives in history, reflecting changing demographics and changing public attitudes.

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98 women, 43 African-Americans, 31 Latinos, 12 Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, and seven gay and bisexual members are now new members of the House and Senate. Plus, there is the first Buddhist member in the Senate and Hindu member in the House of Representatives.

“It means that we reflect America more,” said newly elected Rep. Tammy Duckwork, an Illinois Democrat. “And it is good to see Congress starting to look more like the rest of America.”

Duckworth, a double-amputee veteran of the Iraq War, is one of the historic number of Asian-Americans elected and joins the record number of women inducted, along with new Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“Here is the first woman from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Warren said to cheers from her supporters.

And the new members are not the only ones making history. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will serve as the first female chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and Nancy Pelosi has returned to her role as that chamber’s Democratic leader.

But the diversity is not exclusive to the Democrats.

Republican Tim Scott became the first African-American from the South to serve in the Senate since Reconstruction, and Ted Cruz, who is Cuban-American, was elected to the Senate. Both were supported by the Tea Party.

“It is an incredible day and a testament to the power of the grass roots and the power of the people,” Cruz told CNN.

There is also more representation of the gay and lesbian community in the Congress.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was sworn-in as the first openly gay U.S. Senator. On the other side of the Capitol, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) is the first openly bi-sexual member of the House.

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  1. offensive

    Baldwins comment on Hagel...... she's only concerned about what he said about a gay person 12 years ago.

    We didn't elect you to be a gay pride politician. We elected you to do the peoples business.....NOT your own.

    Qualify or disqualify him on foreign policy not your back yard issue

    January 8, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. DH

    Diversity, a word more offensive than the F word. I don't care what these people look like, dress like, who they sleep with or what tribe they belong to. I just want them to WORK!

    January 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Milo Bloom

    The nation's first female native American was sworn in yesterday. No mention of that. Why?

    January 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aspblom

    The diversity shows up in their inability to get things done.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. palintwit

    Any member of the house or the senate born south of the Mason-Dixon line should be forced to resign.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • offensive

      hmm, anybody that votes should be fed to babies..

      That makes about as much sense as your ignorant comment

      January 8, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Key West Atrocities

    What, no transgender reps?

    January 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      Wait until Saturday night

      January 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • offensive

      Double your chances on a Saturday night

      January 8, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. thepriest

    This country is going to hell quickly. Why does it always have to turn into a racial issue? Whites are going to be ran out of this country that they founded.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      Yup, they am.....

      January 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bufkus

      hahahahaha

      January 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      Yes whites founded this country on the basis that "All men are created equal" and are free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. So when whites are surpassed in numbers those same values are what we (minorities – soon to be majorities) will fight to uphold for everyone. I came to this country with the belief that I will be treated fairly and be given equal opportunity. I bought into the whole idea of AMERICA – The land of the Free. I have served and retired from the US Armed Forces. I would gladly bleed to keep the stripes RED. I don't believe this country is getting worse. On the contrary...I believe it is finally living up to its creed. This is my country. The land that I love.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaryOh

      Some would say that the whites stole the country from the native americans.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    The most crooked congress ever. They should all be fired. We need to overthrow this corupt government and start over. American needs a new revolution.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaryOh

      You going to lead it?

      January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheAntiChrist

    Give em a raise. How about with a Ivy-Lift?

    January 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Noracism in America from this day forward

    Look Mr. Racist white dude, and Racist Black woman Black men are going to date white women no matter what you do or what you say. You can smash the world and leave 8 people left and thee will still be a white woman and black couple in the mix get over it. And yes I do believe that this is all racism is a bout, oh and by the way. Republicans use racist whites as puppets to pass crappy laws, to make it seem like blacks are the only ones getting raped.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • justin bieblet

      You're as racist as they come...and stereotyping a race is racist. disliking interracial dating does not fall under "racism"

      January 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Noracism in America from this day forward

        You didn't read what I wrote, and clearly dind't understand it. If you dislike intteracial dating yes you are racist, why would you have a problem with two people of a different race dating ha answer that. And please explain to me how what I wrote makes me racst... I don't get, first I told the truth about what I have exprienced and continue to. I also stated that I got it from blacks whites, and many other racist including but limited to by far Asian, and Hispanics. Then I attacked racist white simply because that's what I am seeing on the page, it's a reacition.

        January 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leicester

    I don't want to live in an international nation, I want to live in a country with European culture and traditions. I intend to to move elsewhere.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • xirume

      Been to Europe lately? It's even ore international over there.

      January 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TooTough

    113th Congress More Perverse Than Ever? Just correcting the headline.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TzionSez

    The more diversity, the more dysfunctionality and special interest confusion. This is nothing to celebrate unless you like chaos and a centralized government built to fail ( which it is). Empower the States and heed Madison`s writings.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • TooTough

      Most diverse? I think they meant most Perverse congress ever.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • IVAN

      Yes, because having a senate and congress full of white people is so much better than having different demographic areas represented in government.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • justin bieblet

        sorry, but you're wrong. more special interests bring about more conflict

        January 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. YWalk

    Who elected some of these so called members of Congress – Can you imagine 67 of them voted against the Sandy Relief help – do these people not have a brain at all ? A list of all these 67 turkeys should be published so people know – unreal

    January 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ben Rast

    As a white guy, I've experienced some degree of racism directed towards me. However, it doesn't compare to the racism I've seen directed by whites towards people of other races. Working for a contractor in DC, but based outside the District, I can assure you that otherwise decent white men are capable of the most horrific racism imaginable. I can also assure you that the "racist" responses that my coworkers have often experienced in majority black areas, are nearly never directed at myself. Perhaps, by not being a white racist, I'm spared from the abuse. If you can't contain your contempt, people will hate you, buddy.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noracism in America from this day forward

      I have dealt with racim all my life from blacks and whites alike, mostly white. These racist whites behave like animals, they behavior toward blacks isn't normal. It is also unexplained, making little to no sense. In the Navy it was a Klan Ralley, at the VA the same, but the Navy was off the wall racist. In Maryland wow, but MO... Lets just say there is no place for someone like you or I Mr Rast in the stat at all.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      Wait a minute – a sensible comment? What are you doing here?

      January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jim

    Remember to follow the journalistic rule: Democrats of color = Diversity. Republicans of color = Tokenism.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • TzionSez

      Exactly ....Uncle Tom-ism is alive and well in the blue states.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sam

    Diversity divides
    Unity is strength

    January 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • TzionSez

      The Divider in Chief follows Alinsky, not The Founding Fathers.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Hollingsworth

      Ummm, Sam? If we as humans use our ingenuity and become better problem solvers (which means looking at ideas, issues, and concerns more broadly outside the typical small-mindedness), then diversity can be synonymous with unity.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Sure,, we humans just need to open our minds and then the awesome, unifying, power of Diversity will be revealed.
        Thanks for the trite drivel.

        January 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DH

      You are correct! The lions and cheetahs want the gazelles and zebras to be more 'diverse'. Not gonna work.

      January 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. nepabuleici

    DEMOCRACY NOW, WE NEED A CHANGE: No matter the color change of the U.S. Congress, there is now a monarchy in this country of rich people who through their paid agents influence the decisions of legislators with far more power than the voters and that the President of the Union. .
    A living example is how the American worker is being blackmailed over his rights and benefits for large corporations, to the point that in the franchise system is a standard that the employer violated federal laws at his will by cash payment system to evade the payment of overtime and if the worker complains it takesoff your hours or reduce hours.
    Millions of Americans are working as slaves, no holidays, no paid holidays, no vacation, and other benefits to feed a rich and indolent class which is whomt really is ruling our country.
    There are not the Chinese who threaten democracy in the United States of America,instead chinese are those U.S. employers who have implemented systems of work copied from the worst Asian model from despotic countries where it is normal you be a Gunga Dim of the employer., it's time for someone to say the truth about the minimum wage that makes the worker on the verge of a Goodwill or seek assistance in "Children and Family" through these monarchs who really govern DE FACTO America using the legal system for their own benefit and profit.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ordinary Average American

      It's unconscionable and the people need to vote out the "leaders" who have been in their jobs way too long and who are responsible for this mess in which we're now living!

      January 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. TeddyX

    The Republicans will do the best they can to make sure that children and seniors are the lowest of low priority. To vote republican you are saying you could care less if your child has it's head cut off in a bridge collapse, to be a Republican is saying you think Senior citizens should put gun to head end end life, to be a republican you are spitting in the fave of Veterans. Reason for above is Republicans are against bridge repairs, republicans are against Social Security and want to lower it, Republicans want to cut VA hospital funds by 40 percent. BTW, people who say Obama made paychecks smaller. The President didnt vote on the tax bill, the Congress wrote the bill and the house is the one that didnt want to extend the payroll tax. IE Republicans

    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. John the Historian

    Republicans do not know that the 1950s are over. Maybe they can watch the movie Pleasantville. Why do they want a Leave it to Beaver world ? Abortion rights wil not be overturned and even if they were to be overturned just stock up on RU-486 or go to Canada or Mexico or Europe to get your legal abortion. Blacks, Hispanics, Women, Gays, and Asians now make up the majority of voters. Muslims ounumber Jews. What does the Republican party not understand.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  21. buffalo

    What a momentous occasion. I can't wait until they get their first envelope full of money from a lobbyist or else get buried on the Senate Committee to Investigate Head Lice. Meanwhile McConnell and the House-Party Gang swagger through the halls blocking everything in sight. "Twas ever thus"!

    January 4, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ordinary Average American

      McConnell has to go, along with the other McSenator (from AZ). These people are killing America and personally enriching themselves to do so! It's time for change in American politics!

      January 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  22. the mayor of medinah

    We should also expect that the new Congress will be more dysfunctional than ever too. We should also expect that this new Congress will achieve the lowest public approval rating ever.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • YWalk

      Only took them 1 day to prove that, good luck folks, gonna be a long ride !!!

      January 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Vidyashanti

    THIS IS WELCOME NEWS. HOPE WE BUILD ON THIS TREND- MORE DIVERSE AND MORE EDUCATED SMART WOMEN.
    HOPEFULLY, THEY WILL DO BETTER THAN MEN'S CLUB FOR 200 YRS.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      But Men's Club gave me my hair back!

      January 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • GaryOh

        Isn't that hair club for men?

        January 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Brewers_Fan7

    How is this news? Who cares what color the people we've elected to represent us are? Who cares what building they worship in or who they share their bed with? I don't, I just want decent people who are going to deal with the massive fiscal issues we face. I want people who understand more government isn't the answer, that the answer is people being allowed to live their lives as they choose.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • dhiodho

      The people did choose – that's how elections work. They chose politicians who believe government isn't necessarily the problem, and that government has a role in finding solutions. They chose Barack Obama as President, they chose a Democratic majority in the Senate, and a majority chose Democrats in the House (although GOP gerrymandering ensured they kept the House majority).

      January 4, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • tiger7970

      amen!

      January 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tiger7970

      yes!

      January 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Angelus123

    A hispanics worst enemy is a hispanic. If a hispanic is in congress , they will just turn against all hispanics, and in part i don't blame theme. Have you seen dominican republic, and puerto rico, it's corrupt to the max. The fact remains that America has blessed, and probably even cursed those islands according to the natives.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  26. Chris

    Yes... the problem is "diverse". Ahhh yeah....that is the problem congress is worried about how "diverse" they are......What a joke. How about congress how much of an AMERICAN you are, or is that to much to ask. Worry about how "AMERICAN" you can be and less "diverse". Oh! and it will always be a CHRISTMAS TREE....GET OVER IT.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bigdumbdinosaur

      Hear, hear!

      January 4, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      What will always be a Christmas Tree? Someone once told me how nice of a Christmas Tree we had next to our house. It was a Spruce Tree, was never in any house, and I expect it may have been planted in the spring or summer. It was never a Christmas Tree. Get over it.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Fenn

    Push the GOP out and you will get what Obama and his brethren want...a socialist nation.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • xirume

      No. Nobody here wants a socialist nation. Go learn what socialism is and you'll see why. What you call socialism isn't so by a million miles.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • TzionSez

        Socialism is what is happening right now, right here, under your nose.

        January 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Don K

    Actually, aboriginals (inuit) make up the majority of the north pole so unfortunately you'll have to find somewhere else to make a racist home....

    January 4, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jen

    Totally agree. GOP sucks and is a part of morons.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  30. Stepnfetchit

    All the more reason for "non-diverse" Americans to consider SECESSION as the answer to our problems.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      "And we shall call this new state Idi0t Land!!"

      January 4, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  31. Chuck

    More diverse? thats the problem, there are no AMERICANS anymore, only "Groups"

    January 4, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Gideon

      I'm an american citizen and belong to a group. you are too, unless you're a native american indian, (real north americans) we're all americans.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Fenn

        Yes, but too many people put their special little group first and then consider themselves an American. It should be the other way around.

        January 4, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  32. Joe

    Diverse or not, that picture is full of people who fail us when they are needed most. It's nice to see today that more and more groups of people have a voice and representation. Too bad we are all represented by complete morons

    January 4, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Flower

      Finally, a sound comment on the insane and diverse comments!

      January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      However, the failings are led by the lingering old white men.

      January 4, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Fenn

      You have it exactly right. These people do not begin to represent what the American people want.

      January 4, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  33. 3rdEyeOpened

    They may be more diverse than ever before, but that doesn't make them any less agenda driven and corrupt than they already are.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jim

    Wow! You're an incredibly out-of-touch, extraordinarily hateful person!

    January 4, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  35. jdub87

    It comes down to two things: overcoming discrimination and building a network of support. The first is relatively easy. Minority groups haven't faced wide-spread discrimination for decades, just in pockets. However, building a network of support takes several decades to ensure that people grow up in not only a community but a culture that fosters ambitions like running for congress.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  36. Rick

    Get rid of the two party system. It doesn't work.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  37. Sebastian2

    Here's hoping that the new members 113th congress are more productive (and less obstructive) than their horrific predecessors. Sadly, the November election did not clean house as much as expected (shocking, considering the last congress' abysmal approval rating and all-time historic low of productivity).

    But, as always, one is allowed to hope....

    January 4, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • MODU

      It didn't clean out the Senate as well (which was just as obstructive). Remember, Reid sat on many pieces of legislation that Obama endorsed.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Seal Team Al[ha and Omega

    Push the GOP out of power and out of office. Then America will start to heal and grow once again.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • chad

      Hear hear. Let's have one-party Democrat rule for 50 years. Detroit has paved the way with that model, to serve as an inspiration to us all.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • DH

        True! And let's not forget Baltimore, Philly, Birmingham, Newark, Atlanta, Chicago etc. etc. etc. One more big flush and these cities will be forever lost. Diversity rules!

        January 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  39. xtra

    Put their pay raises and benefits to a public vote.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  40. Matthew

    What does your comment have to do with this article? Nothing.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  41. Mari

    More diverse than ever ... and more dysfunctional by the day. Limit terms and once out of the job, off the benefits wagon.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Drop the cushy retirement as well.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Exactly, you got it totally correct! The fact that we let these Democrat and Republican do-nothing morons remain in power for multiple terms spanning decades is shameful and embarrassing. They get so entrenched in power that they wouldn't know average America if it hit them in the face, which I'm sure most average Americans would love to do. I'm with you – maybe 2 Senate terms or 6 House terms max (12 total years), and then they should be back in their home state having to work for a living like everybody else. No lifetime benefits for years of doing nothing in Washington!

      January 4, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • nepabuleici

      Ridiculuos retirement of $300 a month to pay the gas for life like if you won a scrach.That's our life today..

      January 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  42. BubblesB

    Until the Republicans take back control of their party from the Tea Party and stop being the "mean party", they will continue to lose ground. The American people are tired of party politics in Washington and want Congress to consider the best interest of ALL Americans.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  43. Disanitnodicos

    The word "diversity" is a bell ringing. The public are dogs salivating.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  44. Timodeus

    I guess diversity doesn't bring unity, imagine that.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Considering their ability to accomplish anything is going downhill at an increasingly higher rate, diversity obviously isn't helping anything except their image in their own minds.

      The general populous is disgusted with them.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Tammy Lozano

        hahaha...you mean the general populous that voted them in..do you mean the general populous that will be even more diverse next election. that the one your talking about. Get ready for change

        January 4, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  45. Old Pogi

    I don't know how this new batch could do any worse then the ones they replaced.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  46. gcardenasv

    Diverse but equally corrupt as all those before them...nothing ever changes...just the faces.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • BubblesB

      Time for term limits.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Tammy Lozano

        term limits.,...I agree lets increase the Presidency position now.. I would vote for that

        January 4, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  47. J.V.Hodgson

    Diverse? Be precise thats the duty of media. How diverse ethnically, politically,religiously all of the foregoing or none of the foregoing? Yep we have more women in there and I think that's a good thing they know a lot more about managing budgets than any tea partier whose policies would either get us into more debt or make Eurpoean or even Greek austerity measures look like childs play and for sure Increase unemployment levels.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  48. Ava

    Diversity is Boehner's blue eyes crying.
    The rest is Ship Of Fools.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  49. Adam A.

    I see a lot of people equating diversity with being liberal, or simply racial in its context; Yet diversity is a broad term used to quantify that of which is not the status-quot. For the first time certain minority groups are gaining representation within both parties. Also, California is the top state in terms of GDP, and is one of the most lucrative economies in the world. An agricultural and pop culture epicenter.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • bribarian

      California has cities going bankrupt.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Pogi

      Don't forget the part about California being broke. There was a discussion just last night about government offices having to close early. Some as early as 1:00 PM simply because of no money. The threat of bringing the state's legal system to a stand-still is on the horizon.

      January 4, 2013 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Rodd Tungren

      The California Dream has been over for decades. It's a cesspool now. Non-cultural epicenter.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jay in Florida

    Diversity means bull. Talent is what defines a job position, not the color of skin. CNN is purely racist, choosing skin color over talent.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • skytag

      I see no rationale for your claim.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • PBonny

      Jay, how does talent define a job position? So, senator Cruz from texas is a senator today because of his talent in being ignorant about the economy? If talent is the only determinant of a job position most republicans should be jobless for lacking the talent to understand economics.

      January 4, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  51. bribarian

    diversity is not a strength

    January 4, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • bribarian

      Reality says it too.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      "Diverity is not a strength"

      Found on page 27 of the KKK Bible

      January 4, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  52. Ron

    Remember new representatives of Congress and The Senate, if you fall in line with the Republicans who want to destroy our country, You will only have a four year run, we will vote you out of office if you do not work for the people, That is your only job! It is what you were elected for!!!

    January 4, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • PG

      :facepalm:

      Why should they fear YOU? You obviously don't vote. You don't even know that Senators serve for 6 years, and Representatives for 2 years.

      January 4, 2013 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Matthew

        PG, what can you expect from idiotic partisan zealots like the above poster? These Democratic and Republican ultra-wingers never let facts and reality get in the way of a good partisan jab!

        January 4, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Tammy Lozano

        Mathew please.. zealots, fascist ect those words are over

        January 4, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Matthew

        Tammy Lozano, please. "Zealot" is a perfectly valid English word that, according to Merriam-Webster, means "a fanatical partisan." I don't know what ridiculous notion you have that a perfectly ordinary word can be "over," but, according to the dictionary definition, "zealot" is a more apt today as a description of American politicians than ever before.

        January 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. tekbit

    The only thing Wrong with being Right is when being Right is Wrong

    January 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  54. RA

    The media and academics notoriously leave out the word "ethnic" when using the term "diverse." Most diverse ever means most ethnically diverse ever. They do not mean, the most socioeconmically diverse ever, or most diverse in terms of political party representation. It's time for the media to be more specific with what they're referring to when they just use the word diverse to mean ethnically diverse.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • marsilius

      Saying "ethnic diversity" wouldn't cover the diversity of having more women in Congress as such, or the diversity of having more gays in Congress as such.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  55. Gonzo

    The most diverse.....And the most useless and incompetent. Who cares about the Congress' diversity if it can't get anything good done????

    January 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BubblesB

      It's good that Congress isn't totally all white, all male, all Christian, all straight. But, you are right, if they can't get anything done, so what?

      January 4, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Junior Samples

        It will turn into the Maury Povich show really quick!

        January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Weesel71

    And the headline reads as if this is a good thing? Oh, this is CNN.com. I forgot.

    Diverse yes and totally disfunctional. Where you WANT your diversity is in the parts you can't measure: life experience, common sense, and devotion to duty.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • 'Pritka

      No, I don't want diversity there at all, I want all of them to have those qualities in common.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  57. America

    United We Stand Divided We Fall

    January 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • xtra

      As a country we are very divided.

      January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
      • nepabuleici

        A Panera's waiter of Sarasota, Florida, told how we are divide in America: "Now, or you are rich, or your poor, forget about midled class in this country."

        January 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  58. texasnotea

    wow

    January 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Ava

    Most diverse, maybe. Most disconnected, absolutely.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Shalung

    What are...........5 years old ? It's hard to imagine a more childish post.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  61. southernwonder

    a judge in texas warned of civil war if obama is re-elected president. i am now so scared. how will obama handle this discontent? can we have some special quota for them? or can some of these minority elected congress people resign their positions in favor the mainstream americans?

    January 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. cma

    Wow, sknmrowley is a dinosaur. What a racist. If people want to become part of the GOP they will do so because they prefer those politics. Why would you include skin tone? Because you're a racist, that's why. AND.....you're a reason the GOP and Tea Party is declining.....dying, fossilizing, dinosaurs.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Haha, right on cma :)

      January 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Underpaid Profit

    Actions speak louder then Racial Diversity?

    January 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Randy, San Francisco

    This signals the beginning of the end for the GOP/Tea Party as we know it. Look at the California, less than 30% of the voters are registered Republicans. Democrats control both state houses and all statewide offices. Instead of reinventing itself, California Republicans deceived itself for many years that its policies resonated with a changing population.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shalung

      Yeah........California....great example !!! Demcrat dominated government (and always has been) going bankrupt while republican run states thrive. HELLO !!!! McFly !!!!

      January 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck88888

        Amen, Shalung!!

        January 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Natrldiver

        Typical thought process of a liberal to think that their way is ultimately better than any other. Look at all the Democratic controlled states. Most of them are of the social elite, hollywood stupid or social program dependent. That means California is at the top of the list. Most of the Conservative states are surviving and doing well. Too bad the left is too stupid to learn from their follies and too ignorant to to see what really works. Why else would states like Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma have sucessful governments that are more conservative across the board?

        January 4, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
      • kbob365

        Sorry, but as usual the Teajadists get their facts wrong. "Blue" states contribute far dollars to the federal government than they receive. "Red" states receive far more federal money than they contribute. The only exception is Texas, but that's only because the federal government's enormous subsidies to the oil industry don't get counted as federal dollars going to states. The rest of the red states are "takers" as well as haters.

        January 4, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
      • BubblesB

        You are forgetting that Arnold was the Republican governor and he left the state in the worst financial shape it has ever been in. Don't keep blaming the Democrats. There's enough blame to go around.

        January 4, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Junior Samples

        @kbob365 Doesn't sound like you've ever been to a "red state". Things are good there. Economy is strong, things are growing and progressing and as always the people are the nicest you will find anywhere. The hatred is coming from outsiders who know nothing of said states and who make huge undue generalizations of these states. They'll all be moving to these states soon enough to get a job.

        January 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • justin bieblet

        California was a sinking ship before arnold took the reigns.

        January 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |