Congressional demographics do not match the nation

The Hill is reporting (“Congress is older, more experienced; demographics do not match the nation“) the results of a Congressional Research Service study of the demographics of Congress over time. You can look at the original report in pdf format (“Representatives and Senators: Trends in Member Characteristics Since 1945“) for all the details and debate whatever patterns interest you.

I thought that the average length of service increased from an average of around 7 to 8 years to over 9 years of service in more recent years.

Americans complain about members of Congress but keep them around longer and longer. That may change with this election, but it’s one of those interesting quirks about politics that citizens have to take the blame for. Some of this is caused by redistricting that creates districts that are safe for incumbents, but that only works if voters remain locked into party-line voting.

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