Jan 3, 2013
New lawmakers are being sworn in today as the 113th Congress takes its place in the Capitol.
For the first time, there are more women and minority members in the Democratic House caucus, outnumbering their white male counterparts. Asian Americans had a record high number of congressional candidates, producing five freshmen. The Congressional Black Caucus added five new members, while Hispanics welcomed nine freshmen.
In the Senate, there will be 20 women — the most ever for the chamber.
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