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Many Firsts in the 110th Congress

January 12, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

Obviously the 110th Congress is a big departure from the 109th in many ways. But here are some of the distinguishing features of the 110th that you may not know about:

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the first woman to be elected to Speaker of the House. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, is the highest ranked Mormon ever in Congress. Robert Byrd (D-WV) has been in Congress for longer than anyone else, ever. The 110th is possibly the oldest in history, with the average age of Senators being 61.7, and 55.9 for Representatives. There are more Jewish Congresspeople in the 110th than any previous Congress. KeithEllison (D-MN) is the first Muslim member of Congress. The 110th Congress also has its first two Buddhist members, Representatives Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Hank Johnson (D-GA).
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