Are You Being Represented?



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  1. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Not sure how you got 242. Just turning on the the “Under 45” filter, with no other conditions, gets it down to 74.

    There’s no button for the only thing I care about, i.e. being a libertarian.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      You’re right. I meant toggling off the Under 45 filter. Which was not surprising. I didn’t expect my age (30) to align particularly well with Congress.Report

  2. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Also: There are seven openly gay members of Congress?Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I find it interesting that the Guardian is going after the American market. I like them so I am not complaining but the idea of an international liberal newspaper is intriguing.

    There are 36 heterosexual men under 45 with advanced degree’s in Congress.

    A quick google search found that 12 members of the Senate are Jewish and 22 members of the House are Jewish. Both my Senators are Jewish. Almost all the Jews are Democratic except Bernie Sanders and the departing Eric Cantor.Report

  4. Avatar James Hanley says:

    That tool is a great idea, but I am not persuaded that they chose the important variables. The fact that someone is a straight, white, male, over 45, with an advanced degree does not mean they represent me, else I would have a lot more in common politically with a lot more of my colleagues. Hell, that would mean that Todd Akin would have been representative of me when he was in Congress!

    But if we see this tool as just a starting point that could be improved, yeah, that’d be awesome.

    And it’s not lost on me that being able to rail about not being represented by someone who looks a hell of a lot like me, both in skin color and what’s between our legs, may have a bit of privilege to it.Report

    • Avatar nevermoor says:

      Agree completely. I thought it would be less identity and more substance.

      (my number is 28. Was surprised that there are 50 young white men, but so many lack advanced degrees)Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      Excellent points on all ends, @james-hanley .Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

      It’s worth pointing out here that when it comes to voting, women are the privileged sex, as they outnumber men in the voting-age population. If being represented by women were really that important to them, they would be.Report

    • Avatar Pinky says:

      “Unimportant variables” is an understatement. There is not a single one of those variables that I would use to assess whether a politician represented me. It’s (a strong word, but I mean it) evil to create a survey like this, that reinforces our pettiest, most racist and sexist tendencies. There are one congressman and two Senators who represent me. There are many who share my beliefs. There are some with similar genitalia and melanin – and if you think that matters, you don’t have any idea what it means to represent someone in Congress.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        It’s (a strong word, but I mean it) evil to create a survey like this, that reinforces our pettiest, most racist and sexist tendencies.

        Said by a member of the only demographic who can reasonably say it.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        @pinky and others,

        Thank you for your feedback. I was sloppy in my word choice here, regurgitating a lot of what came through via the link aggregator that delivered this to me. Nonetheless, the words are mine and I should have put more thought into them. I’m debating making some edits accounting for the errors you’ve pointed out, though part of me feels like I just need to have my bare ass exposed on this. Nonetheless, thank you for your constructive and enlightening criticism.Report

      • Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

        I think “evil” is a bit dramatic.

        I doubt they were sitting in a chair, petting a white cat while making this survey.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      How many members of Congress are, like me, openly skeptical of the existence of the supernatural? I think the answer is technically “none,” as Krysten Sinema eschews publicly categorizing herself beyond listing “none” as her religion. Although it could be as high as “ten” if both some generous interpretations are applied to that answer, and reporting on is taken at face value, both of which are questionable propositions.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw says:


        How do you feel about us weirdo cultural Jews who are skeptical on the existence of God but still identify with Judaism because of history, tradition, ethics and philosophy? I’d bet a decent number of the Jewish members of Congress fit the philosophical-cultural Jewish category.

        I admit we are the odd ducks between the atheists and the religious. A lot of atheists I know get really upset about Jews who call themselves atheist but “culturally Jewish.”Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Well, I’m not one of them. First, I don’t get to tell someone else what they believe or how they identify. Second, while it doesn’t make much sense to me to not believe in G-d but still go to temple if only on the high holidays, I don’t have that path to walk myself, much less whatever baggage there is to carry down it, so it’s not my place to offer all that much of an opinion. Third, I happen to think Jewish culture is pretty cool.Report

    • Avatar Michael M. says:

      To be fair, the tool doesn’t ask “Are you represented in the new Congress?” it asks “Are you reflected in the new Congress?” Futhermore, I think the caveat given states very clearly the limitations of a tool like this: “A person’s gender, race, sexual orientation, or age doesn’t necessarily mean they represent the views of a whole demographic, but lack of diversity could result in certain concerns not being heard – or not heard loudly enough.”

      For the record, only one person matches my criteria — Rep. Mark Pocan (D – Wisconsin). Guess I should move.Report

    • Avatar Vikram Bath says:

      That tool is a great idea, but I am not persuaded that they chose the important variables

      I’m pretty sure they chose variables that were easy to collate and throw up on the site, not variables that they thought were important.

      For me, it dropped to zero even before I got to enter in education.Report

  5. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Why isn’t there a category for net worth?Report

  6. Avatar Troublesome Frog says:

    I got 19. My wife got 1 hit. She also has the interesting Google property that if you search her full name in quotes, she’s the only result.

    Are you sure about your results when excluding education? I see white/male/under 45/heterosexual withe education excluded returning 50 people. Looks like 242 if you keep education but exclude age.Report

  7. Avatar Alan Scott says:

    Ooh, The only congressman demographically similar to me is Jared Polis.Report

  8. Avatar veronica d says:

    I get zero. And they don’t even ask about trans.

    (Oh, and hi everyone.)Report

  9. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    When I scroll down to the Dem/Repub breakdown boxes, I am struck by how much I resemble the typical Republican Congress critter.Report

  10. Avatar notme says:

    I didn’t realize that my rep or any rep had to exhibit the same demographics to rep resent me or anyone.Report

  11. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    There are two people in Congress who have the same characteristics as me on all those variables. They’re from Iowa and Alabama.Report