House Republicans released a list this week of proposed chairmen for 19 of the 21 House committees in the next Congress, and all of the positions went to white men. If that seems surprising, it shouldn’t: the percentage of House Republicans who are white men will actually increase after the most recent election, from 86 percent to 88 percent.
By contrast, white men will be a minority in the Democratic House caucus for the first time in history, falling from 53 percent of the caucus to 46 percent. Women will make up nearly 30 percent of the Democratic House caucus, compared to about nine percent for Republicans, and Latinos will comprise 12 percent of the Democratic caucus, compared to just two percent for House Republicans.
Update: On Friday House Speaker John Boehner named Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, making her the first (and so far only) committee chair who isn’t a white man.