Toward a More Inclusive Union? Examining the Increased Diversity of Candidates and Members of Congress
The 2018 election produced the most diverse Congress in history. That major democratic achievement stands alongside troubling patterns that saw women and people of color occupy a diminishing presence among the ranks of Republican representatives. This chapter reviews important developments in congressional diversity, analyzes the factors that led to candidacy and success by female and nonwhite candidates, and discusses the implications of this momentous election for congressional lawmaking and future partisan contests.