(Washington Post) Our friends over at the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics team are out with somegreat new data on African-American representation in the United States House.
Here are some of the tidbits we found most interesting:
The total number of African Americans elected to the House: 127.
The number of states which have yet to elect an African American to the House: 25.
The percentage of elected African Americans that come from just five states: New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, and Georgia: 49 percent.
The percentage of representatives from Maryland who have been black since 1870 — the highest percentage of any state. (South Carolina is second at 7.1 percent.): 7.2 percent.African Americans in Congress, by the numbers