Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth joins 2nd most diverse U.S. Senate class in two centuries

Duckworth joins 2nd most diverse U.S. Senate class in two centuries

As Democrat Tammy Duckworth moves from the U.S. House to the Senate she begins her term along with two other women on color, an unusual scenerio in a chamber that has been nearly 100 percent white men in 228 years. The Tribune tallied the women and people of color have been elected to the Senate since the first senators served in 1789. Though the most recent years include, at times, a quarter of senators who are nonwhite, the vast majority of years have close to 100 percent of Senate seats filled by white men.

Below, scroll through the past 228 years of the Senate to see the boundary breakers and how they related to the diversity of the chamber.

Senate boundary breakers...

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