The age of U.S. Senators and the political parties they represent

The age of U.S. Senators and the political parties they represent

Did you know these age facts about the of members of the United States Senate in the 115th United States Congress (January 3, 2017, to January 3, 2019)?

Republican Party 51
Democratic Party 47
Independent 2
29 U.S. Senators were born from 1949 and before
Republicans 12
Democrats 15
Independent 2
45 U.S. Senators were born before 1954
Republicans 23
Democrats 20
Independent 2
Number of U.S. Senators born 1954 and after
Total 55
Republican 28
Democrats 27

Decided May 17, 1954
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
– the landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.

Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Warren Court’s unanimous (9–0) decision stated that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” As a result, racial segregation in the United States was ruled a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The Supreme Court Justice who broke down legal segregation were all white men and ironically all born in the 1800s. Yet, their behaviors were more progressive than many white people born in the 1940s or after. 

Chief Justice Earl Warren was born on March 19, 1891
Hugo Black was born on February 27, 1886
Stanley F. Reed was born on December 31, 1884
Felix Frankfurter was born on November 15, 1882
William O. Douglas was born on October 16, 1898
Robert H. Jackson was born on February 13, 1892
Harold H. Burton was born on June 22, 1888
Tom C. Clark was born on September 23, 1899
Sherman Minton was born on October 20, 1890
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1957 and after
Total 41
Republican 22
Democrats 19

Civil Rights Act of 1957
The first federal civil rights legislation passed by the United States Congress since the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It showed the federal government’s support for racial equality after the US Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1960 and after
Total 31
Republican 18
Democrats 13

Civil Rights Act of 1960
Established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone’s attempt to register to vote. Designed to deal with discriminatory laws and practices in the segregated South, by which blacks and Mexican Texans had been effectively disfranchised since the late 1800s.
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1964 and after
Total 20
Republican 11
Democrats 9

The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1965 and after
Total 16
Republican 10
Democrats 6

The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Prohibits racial discrimination in voting. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965.
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1968 and after
Total 14
Republican 9
Democrats 5

The Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act)
Provides for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin and made it a federal crime to by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.
Prohibits racial discrimination in voting. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965.
One U.S. Senator was born in 1969 
Cory Booker (Democrat- New Jersey)
Cory Booker (Democrat- New Jersey)
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1970 and after
Total 11
Republican 8
Democrats 3
Number of U.S. Senators born from 1972 to 1977
Total 6
Republican 4
Democrats 2
The U.S. Senators who are African American
Kamala Harris D-CA born October 20, 1964 (age 53)
Tim Scott R-SC born September 19, 1965 (age 53)
Cory Booker D-NJ born April 27, 1969 (age 49)
The U.S. Senators who are Asian American
Mazie Hirono D-HI November 3, 1947 (age 70)
Tammy Duckworth D-IL March 12, 1968 (age 50)
The U.S. Senators who are white women
Dianne Feinstein D-CA June 22, 1933 (age 85)
Jeanne Shaheen D-NH January 28, 1947 (age 71)
Elizabeth Warren D-MA June 22, 1949 (age 69)
Debbie Stabenow D-MI April 29, 1950 (age 68)
Patty Murray D-WA October 11, 1950 (age 67)
Deb Fischer R-NE March 1, 1951 (age 67)
Susan Collins R-ME December 7, 1952 (age 65)
Claire McCaskill D-MO July 24, 1953 (age 65)
Shelley Moore Capito R-WV November 26, 1953 (age 64)
Heidi Heitkamp D-ND October 30, 1955 (age 62)
Lisa Murkowski R-AK May 22, 1957 (age 61)
Maggie Hassan D-NH February 27, 1958 (age 60)
Tina Smith D-MN March 4, 1958 (age 60)
Maria Cantwell D-WA October 13, 1958 (age 59)
Cindy Hyde-Smith R-MS May 10, 1959 (age 59)
Amy Klobuchar D-MN May 25, 1960 (age 58)
Tammy Baldwin D-WI February 11, 1962 (age 56)
Catherine Cortez Masto D-NV March 29, 1964 (age 54)
Kirsten Gillibrand D-NY December 9, 1966 (age 51)
Joni Ernst R-IA July 1, 1970 (age 48)


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