Toward a More Inclusive Union? Examining the Increased Diversity of Candidates and Members of Congress

  • Walter Clark WilsonEmail author
  • Marcia L. Godwin


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and GeographyThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public and Health AdministrationUniversity of La VerneLa VerneUSA

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