The National Journal makes it possible to perform an analysis of the new members of the 114th Congress. Focusing on Republicans first since they are the winners and new “occupiers” first consider the broad facts as the National Journal presented them graphically.
Shown is a picture of the 39 “new” Republican members. (See photo)
81% are men and 18% are women, which just goes to show that the President of Turkey might be right, women are not the same as men and should be home being mothers.
35% are mature enough to have demonstrated significant success in life beyond politics because they are between age 50 – 59. Add to that 20% more for being over 60 which makes 55% a mature group.
Those who are in the age bracket 30 – 39 have a lot of explaining to do, or the voters who voted for them have a lot of convincing to do because it is nearly impossible for someone to have accomplished greatness worthy of public office at so young an age. 15% of the new Republicans are young and inexperienced. Add to that another 27% from the next category of new incumbents who are age 40 – 49. It is possible to have accomplished much in the 40 – 49 group. Just refer to the founding fathers. However, those were simpler times.
Now, here is a big question: Should voters want representatives who have prior political experience? Answering that depends. By political experience do you mean “governance”? Do you mean having been in elected office? Or do you mean having worked on a campaign or having received an appointment? There is a huge difference in the types of experience.
Furthermore, the question is, are voters best served by professional politicians, or by persons who have accomplished something significant as a professional or in business and industry? This analyst and author on the subject prefers private sector achievement as a prerequisite to entering public office, with few extraordinary exceptions.
The National Journal data indicates that 77% of the new Republicans are professional politicians, and that is not the change American voters were looking for, is it?
Out of the new crop, there is one black Republican woman among five women and no other minority groups.
There is one Hispanic male.
So much for diversity. That does not track well with the trends of the American population.
Ten new Republican members have served in the U.S. military.
16 new Republican members have law degrees and that is an asset since the primary job is to make laws.
See the full presentation at the National Journal: http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/114th-congress-new-members