The 114th Congress is to formally convene on Jan. 6, 2015 and to oversee congress is the lame-duck executive officer, President Barack Obama. The other list of players (with Republican majority overall) are as follows:
There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 100 senators in the Senate.
House of Representatives: The House will have 246 Republicans and 188 Democrats. One seat is vacant following the recent resignation of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., who pleaded guilty to a felony tax evasion charge. In the House there will be a total of 84 women; new lawmakers include Elise Stefanik, a 30-year-old New York Republican who is the youngest woman ever elected to the House and also making a historic first is Mia Love, 38, whose election made her the first black female Republican to win a seat in Congress.
Forty-four African-Americans will serve in the House, including Love and another black Republican freshman, Will Hurd of Texas. Hurd was named chairman of an Information Technology subcommittee on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, an unusual distinction for a freshman. There are 34 Hispanic lawmakers, including 10 Republicans, as well as 10 Asian-Americans and two Native Americans, both Oklahoma Republicans.
THE SENATE: The Senate will have 54 Republicans and 44 Democrats, plus two independents; Maine’s Angus King and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders. Both caucus with Democrats. The number of women in the Senate is at 20. Two African-Americans serve as senators — Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina and Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey. There are three Hispanic senators: Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas and Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Democrat Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is the only Asian-American in the Senate.
Overall, this congress shows diversity in representation. Now the question is will they be able to work together proactively remembering it is the will of the people that they are overseeing and it is their jobs to debate all issues constructively (not destructively) to build our nation socially and economically to thrive for generations to come. Now “we the people” must be vigilant.