Baptists, Catholics Dominate New Congress: Study

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) gives a thumbs-up after being elected Speaker of the House in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 07, 2023 in Washington, DC. After four days of voting and 15 ballots McCarthy secured enough votes to become Speaker of the House for the 118th Congress.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • There are more Baptists in the 118th United States Congress than any other Protestant denomination, but Catholics and generic Protestants take the top faith spots.
  • An analysis of the newly seated Congress by Pew Research finds the 534 members of the U.S. House and Senate are more religiously affiliated — and more Christian — than the American population as a whole.
  • While religious affiliation continues to dwindle in American life, it remains strong among those elected to national office.

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