- Religious Affiliation in the United States Senate
The following list shows the count of the reported religious affiliation of the members of the
United States Senateas projected for the 110th US Congress:
* Roman Catholic - 25 -
Joe Biden(D-Delaware), Sam Brownback(R-Kansas), Jim Bunning(R-Kentucky), Maria Cantwell(D-Washington), Bob Casey, Jr.(D-Pennsylvania), Susan Collins(R-Maine), Christopher Dodd(D-Connecticut), Pete Domenici(R-New Mexico), Richard Durbin(D-Illinois), Tom Harkin(D-Iowa), Ted Kennedy(D-Massachusetts), John Kerry(D-Massachusetts), Mary Landrieu(D-Louisiana), Patrick Leahy(D-Vermont), Mel Martinez(R-Florida), Claire McCaskill(D-Missouri), Bob Menendez(D-New Jersey), Barbara Mikulski(D-Maryland), Lisa Murkowski(R-Alaska), Patty Murray(D-Washington), Jack Reed(D-Rhode Island), Ken Salazar(D-Colorado), John E. Sununu(R-New Hampshire), David Vitter(R-Louisiana), George Voinovich(R-Ohio) (16 Democrats, 9 Republicans).
* Jewish and
Orthodox Judaism- 13 - Barbara Boxer(D-California), Ben Cardin(D-Maryland), Norm Coleman(R-Minnesota), Russ Feingold(D-Wisconsin), Dianne Feinstein(D-California), Herb Kohl(D-Wisconsin), Frank Lautenberg(D-New Jersey), Carl Levin(D-Michigan), Joseph Lieberman(ID-Connecticut), Bernie Sanders(I-Vermont), Charles Schumer(D-New York), Arlen Specter(R-Pennsylvania), Ron Wyden(D-Oregon) (9 Democrats, 2 Republicans, 2 Independents).
* Presbyterian - 13 -
Lamar Alexander(R-Tennessee), John Barrasso(R-Wyoming), Kit Bond(R-Missouri), Richard Burr(R-North Carolina), Thomas R. Carper(D-Delaware), Bob Corker(R-Tennessee), Jim DeMint(R-South Carolina), Elizabeth Dole(R-North Carolina), Michael Enzi(R-Wyoming), James Inhofe(R-Oklahoma), Jon Kyl(R-Arizona), Jay Rockefeller(D-West Virginia), Richard Shelby(R-Alabama) (11 Republicans, 2 Democrats).
* Methodist and United Methodist - 10 -
Jeff Bingaman(D-New Mexico), Hillary Rodham Clinton(D-New York), Larry Craig(R-Idaho), Daniel Inouye(D-Hawaii), Johnny Isakson(R-Georgia), Dick Lugar(R-Indiana), Ben Nelson(D-Nebraska), Pat Roberts(R-Kansas), Jeff Sessions(R-Alabama), Debbie Stabenow(D-Michigan) (5 Republicans, 5 Democrats).
* Episcopalian - 10 -
Evan Bayh(D-Indiana), Saxby Chambliss(R-Georgia), Chuck Hagel(R-Nebraska), Kay Bailey Hutchison(R-Texas), Blanche Lincoln(D-Arkansas), John McCain(R-Arizona), Bill Nelson(D-Florida), Ted Stevens(R-Alaska), John Warner(R-Virginia), Sheldon Whitehouse(D-Rhode Island) (6 Republicans, 4 Democrats).
Baptistand Southern Baptist - 7 - Robert Byrd(D-West Virginia), Tom Coburn(R-Oklahoma), Thad Cochran(R-Mississippi), Lindsey Graham(R-South Carolina), Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa), Mitch McConnell(R-Kentucky), Roger Wicker(R-Mississippi) (6 Republicans, 1 Democrat).
* Latter Day Saint - 5 -
Robert Foster Bennett(R-Utah), Mike Crapo(R-Idaho), Orrin Hatch(R-Utah), Harry Reid(D-Nevada), Gordon H. Smith(R-Oregon) (4 Republicans, 1 Democrat).
* Congregational - 3 -
Daniel Akaka(D-Hawaii), Judd Gregg(R-New Hampshire), Amy Klobuchar(D-Minnesota) (2 Democrats, 1 Republican).
* Lutheran - 3 -
Sherrod Brown(D-Ohio), Byron Dorgan(D-North Dakota), Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) (3 Democrats).
* Protestant - 2 -
Wayne Allard(R-Colorado), Jim Webb(D-Virginia) (1 Republican, 1 Democrat).
United Church of Christ- 2 - Max Baucus(D-Montana), Barack Obama(D-Illnois) (2 Democrats).
Church of Christ- 1 - John Cornyn(R-Texas) (1 Republican).
Church of God- 1 - Jon Tester(D-Montana) (1 Democrat).
* Greek Orthodox - 1 -
Olympia Snowe(R-Maine) (1 Republican).
* Evangelical - 1 -
Mark Pryor(D-Arkansas) (1 Democrat).
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel- 1 - John Ensign(R-Nevada) (1 Republican).
McLean Bible Church- 1 - John Thune(R-South Dakota) (1 Republican).
* Unitarian Universalist - 1 -
Kent Conrad(D-North Dakota) (1 Democrat).
While the religious preference of elected officials is by no means an indication of their allegiance nor necessarily reflective of their voting records, the religious affiliation of prominent members of all three branches of government is a source of commentary and discussion among the media and public. The topic is also of interest to religious groups and the general public who may appeal to Senators of their denomination on religious or moral issues facing the Senate.
Compared with general population
The most basic breakdown of the above data indicates that 87% of the Senate is Christian (compared with 79.8% of the population) and 13% of the Senate is Jewish (compared with 1.4% of the population). According to the data, no Senator falls under the category "No Religion/Atheist/Agnostic" - a category embodied by 15.0% of the U.S. population according to the 2001 Census.
The following list compares reported religious affiliations of U. S. Senators to religious statistics of the demographics of the United States:
* International Church of the Foursquare Gospel are represented by 1% of the Senate for 0.1% of the population (10.00x)
* Jews are represented by 13% of the Senate for 1.4% of the population. (9.29x)
* Episcopalians are represented by 10% of the Senate for 1.8% of the population. (5.55x)
* Presbyterians are represented by 12% of the Senate for 2.8% of the population. (4.29x)
* Latter-Day Saints are represented by 5% of the Senate for 1.4% of the population. (3.57x)
* Methodists are represented by 11% of the Senate for 7.2% of the population. (1.52x)
* Catholics are represented by 25% of the Senate for 25.9% of the population. (0.97x)
* Lutherans are represented by 3% of the Senate for 4.6% of the population. (0.65x)
* Baptists are represented by 7% of the Senate for 17.2% of the population. (0.40x)
* [http://www.adherents.com/adh_congress.html Religious Affiliation of U.S. Congress]
Demographics of the United States
* [http://www.ratzingerfanclub.com/public_square/catholics_in_politics.html Catholics in the Public Square]
* [http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_43442_ENG_HTM.htm Episcopalians in the Senate and the Federal Marriage Amendment]
List of U.S. Presidential religious affiliations
United States Senate Chaplain
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