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Why Is Congress So Old?

Americans under the age of 40 are radically underrepresented in Congress

Lawmakers watch the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the Capitol Building
Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The incoming Congress is the most racially diverse ever. It has more women than ever. A record number of its members identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

And yet, still, Capitol Hill is boomer-town. Baby boomers make up nearly 70% of the incoming Congress, a radical…



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