SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Just a third of incoming, returning House Democrats are white and male

Monday, Nov 19, 2012

* Ted McClelland counted noses in the Illinois General Assembly

In the House, only 24 of the 71 Democrats elected this year are white guys. There are 31 women, 18 African-Americans and six Latinos. (Some of these categories overlap, obviously.) Of the 47 Republicans, 36 are white guys, and 11 are white women.

In the Senate, white guys do a lot better. They make up half the 40 Democratic senators elected this year. The Democrats have 10 African-Americans, four Latinos and 11 women.

Of the 19 Republican senators, 15 are white men and four are white women.

So overall, white men make up 39.6 percent of the Democratic legislators in Springfield — almost exactly their proportion in the state as a whole — and 77.2 percent of the Republicans.

Thoughts?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


35 Comments
  1. - And I Approved This Message - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:10 am:

    The same is true in Congress. Laura Washington writes this morning that CNN reported last week that for the first time “women and minority Democrats will outnumber their white male counterparts..The House Republican membership is mostly white and male.”


  2. - bored now - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:12 am:

    and madigan will still be king of illinois (in large part due to his own involvement in their elections or appointments)…


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:22 am:

    “YOUR Melting Pot Caucus Salad Compliments of the ‘Madi-Knife’, when a Majority is not enough!”

    They are all the same, right HGOP … every one of the new HDems … cookie-cutter, right?


  4. - Billy - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:34 am:

    Hope the women do a better job then the men did!


  5. - western illinois - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:45 am:

    bored now-You mean like MJMs great sucess in a certain state rep race a couple of weeks ago?


  6. - Conservative Veteran - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:46 am:

    We shouldn’t care about a legislator’s ethnic group of sex. We should only care about their views and political experience.


  7. - John A Logan - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:52 am:

    I agree with Conservative Veteran.


  8. - Ray del Camino - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:53 am:

    If groups have been shut out a long time, it is certainly worth noting when the door is opening to them.


  9. - Angry Chicagoan - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:11 am:

    The Democratic Party looks like today’s America. It seems to have someone and something for everyone. It doesn’t always work in terms of coherence but it seems to fit the “people like us” test. The Republican Party most decidedly does not look like today’s America, and it looks frankly like the clique from high school that went to the same fraternity at college and then came home to learn the ropes of the family insurance agency. Like it or not, that kind of image has an impact. Not only is the Republican Party ethnically and racially unrepresentative, but it is also socially unrepresentative — and unrepresentative in terms of experience. The big question more and more voters ask of the Republicans is “Do they even get me?”


  10. - shore - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:16 am:

    It’s an issue and you left off the fact that some of those democratic white men are jews or gay which the gop is also short on.

    It’s an issue for Republicans as it’s been for a long time. Party efforts though are usually clueless and more embarrassing than the stats.


  11. - TooManyJens - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:17 am:

    Indeed, Ray.


  12. - amalia - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:21 am:

    oooohhh……the others! perhaps the white boys regard the rest of us in that way, lumped together. but I often feel the disregard of men regardless of their color, so I identify only with women regardless of their color. wake me up when women are 50% of the legislature and then we can talk. I don’t see the men of N.H. quaking….where the governor, both U.S. Senators, and all U.S. House members are women!


  13. - NIref - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:23 am:

    When taken as a whole, it’s quite exciting to see the GA approach, and in some cases meet, substantive representation levels.

    The diversity in the House chamber is evident through legislative behavior. Minority-class members tend to introduce and co-sponsor less often. They typically hold only symbolic leadership roles.

    In my own research, the Illinois House breaks down those barriers. Compared to other states, the increase in minority-class members is associated with raising the number of leadership positions, committee chairmanships, and putting bill introduction and co-sponsorship on par with white males.


  14. - Plutocrat03 - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:36 am:

    And? The real question is wheter anything can be done.

    If they are beholden to Madigan and the power structure, will their gender or ethnic background mean anything? If they remain marionettes, then more shame on them. With luck, some of them will grow a spine and get something done.


  15. - Capitol View - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:37 am:

    but now look at our governors. All white men. I’ll grant you that two were Jewish and who knows how many were gay,but politics always runs twenty years or more behind the times…perhaps Lisa will do better than Dawn or Judy.

    Or perhaps our current First Lady will want to see what she can do with Illinois politics and government in five or six years.


  16. - muon - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:40 am:

    The lagging group continues to be Latinos. They make up 16.2% of the state population, but only 9.0% of the Dems in the GA, and of course 0% of the GOP in the GA.


  17. - S. Dolopoulos - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:41 am:

    Thoughts?

    That change does not occur overnight.

    That the #’s of today will not be the #’s of tomorrow.

    And lastly, how many minorities ran as Republicans in Illinois? Difficult to elect minority candidates if they’re not even on the ballot.


  18. - Math - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 10:58 am:

    response to muon -The lagging group continues to be Latinos. They make up 16.2% of the state population, but only 9.0% of the Dems in the GA, and of course 0% of the GOP in the GA.

    But, how many are actually citizens? political maps are drawn by census figures not citizenship numbers and that benefits Latinos and the democrat party. They may actually be over represented in terms of representation for actual citizens. Is that the reason that Hispanic wards in Chicago turn out so such low vote totals?


  19. - Dan Shields, Springfield - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 11:05 am:

    All of these stats mean nothing if these elected officials who are supposed to be public servants fail to do their job as past General Assemblies have.


  20. - walkinfool - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 11:33 am:

    ==We should only care about their views and political experience.==

    We should care about their views, their life experience, and their ability to apply those to solving public problems.

    The Dems seem to have a potentially better group representing the people of Ilinois. Still, it should come down to the actions of individuals, rather than caucuses.


  21. - Ol' White GOP - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 11:35 am:

    Once again another instance where race was not brought up by the GOP. Race doesn’t matter to most white GOP males I know. Race will only matters as long as it is made an issue by those who claim it shouldn’t matter.


  22. - come on man - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 12:28 pm:

    That’s what democracy looks like.


  23. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 12:59 pm:

    Does this mean Mapes will blow another $20 million adding more ladies’ rooms?


  24. - Dirty Red - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 1:36 pm:

    Still no one Asian.


  25. - Capitol View - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 2:10 pm:

    ol white GOP — Republicans never raise the race issue? I beg to differ — no Democrats raised the Kenyan background of President Obama, or otherwise questioned his legitimacy as POTUS. Some Republicans are still demanding to see Obama’s college records, as if he got in under affirmative action. Grow up and look in the mirror, if you want to see why the Republicans are doing so poorly in national elections.


  26. - TooManyJens - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 2:58 pm:

    ==Race doesn’t matter to most white GOP males I know.==

    They’re WHITE. They have that luxury.


  27. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 3:17 pm:

    Here’s another way the GOP is unrepresentative: When the 98th Gen. Assembly is sworn in, there won’t be any Republicans left who voted for civil unions. Only one in five IL voters opposes civil unions and same-sex marriage. So the all-white GOP represents just one in five voters on gay rights.


  28. - Boone Logan Square - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 4:12 pm:

    Well, this is a representative democracy.


  29. - D.P. Gumby - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 5:11 pm:

    How many under indictment? Only one?


  30. - Steve Bartin - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 5:51 pm:

    When is Mike Madigan going to step down in the name of diversity so a minority can run things? Also , why are there no African-American U.S. Senators? Why? Doesn’t the Democrat party want to advantage people in the big tent coalition???


  31. - park - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 6:17 pm:

    so the continued balkanization of america. Thanks Rich. Things will never change, right? You’re not an educated, thoughtful Illinoisan, you have to by hyphenated, or be one of those evil white males.

    what a bunch of fools.


  32. - Holdingontomywallet - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 6:29 pm:

    Who cares? Elect the best person for the job and quit dividing people into classes and ethinic groups.


  33. - Bemac - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 6:43 pm:

    How many of those minority legislators represent white-majority districts?


  34. - Liberty First - Monday, Nov 19, 12 @ 9:31 pm:

    It doesn’t really matter what particular shade votes the party line does it?


  35. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 20, 12 @ 7:28 am:

    –Of the 19 Republican senators, 15 are white men–

    And half of those are just Dillard.

    Love the sanctimony from the “Usual Suspects.” Race and gender don’t matter….

    Obviously not, to you.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* This just in... Unions file motion to "gut" the state's pension case
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * mophie announces mobile battery case for Samsung Galaxy S5
        * The Witcher Battle Arena starts closed beta, Android only
        * New OnePlus One OTA brings much-needed fixes
        * Ask the iTunes Guy: Encoding miracles and missing audiobook chapters
        * Sony launches expanded Xperia Care services
        * Apple Adding Samsung as RAM Supplier for iPhone 6
        * Small heads, safe ears: The best headphones for kids

        * Sponsored post: FoundersCard turns five – limited time membership opportunity for Gigaom readers
        * Eucalyptus CEO, acknowledging some tough going, claims cloud turnaround
        * Pokémon Art Academy Hits Nintendo 3DS This October 24th
        * iPhone 6 could arrive later then expected or be in short supply due to screen production
        * Get the Most out of Your Rotary Tool With These Attachments
        * uBlock Is a Fast and Lightweight Alternative to AdBlock Plus
        * How Twitter Decides What to Place in Your Stream

        * Ruminations on the end of the Gordon Beckham era
        * White Sox deal Beckham to Angels
        * White Sox deal Beckham to Angels
        * Danks leads White Sox into Bronx for weekend visit
        * White Sox trade Gordon Beckham to Angels
        * White Sox 2014 Draft plan starting to bear fruit
        * Reading Room: Rick Hahn speaks vaguely about September


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * 12 Things You Need To Know About Government Unions..
        * Quinn administration lays off 58 at transportat.....


        * 2 men face charges in suburban Chicago standoff
        * Agency cuts jobs at center of Quinn hiring dispute
        * Illinois gets $300M in Bank of America settlement
        * Economy slowing down in rural parts of 10 states
        * Sewer blast launches manhole covers; 1 injury
        * Term-limit backers seek state Supreme Court ruling
        * Unemployment falls again in all Ill. metro areas
        * Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie
        * AG: Hotline available for settlement mortgage help
        * Illinois student dies after basketball practice

        * State Rep. Poe faces 3-week stem cell procedure in Texas
        * IDOT cuts positions following questions on hiring
        * Authorities investigating powdery substance at Illinois State Library
        * Powdery substance mailed to Illinois State Library deemed non-hazardous
        * Term-limit backers seek Supreme Court intervention
        * Illinois' share of Bank of America settlement: $300M
        * Appeals court says term limits can't be on ballot
        * Marijuana town hall attracts hundreds in Chicago
        * Governor candidates commit to 3 traditional debates, none in Springfield
        * Manar, others tout school funding reform bill

        * What's wrong with Jell-O?
        * You can own Stanley Tigerman's first building
        * The story behind Crate & Barrel's leadership shake-up
        * Extra! Extra! North Shore gets new newspapers
        * The story behind Crate & Barrel's leadership shakeup


        * Rush hour clear after overnight storms
        * Rush hour mostly clear after storms
        * Parts of Kennedy, Eisenhower closed, Pace delayed after overnight rainfall
        * Parts of Kennedy, Eisenhower, Blue Line closed after overnight rainfall
        * Flash flood warning issued for Chicago area, DuPage, NW Indiana
        * Lincoln Park Zoo’s last polar bear is heading south
        * Bali police say motive not established for killing of Chicago woman found in suitcase
        * Man charged in 2009 Back of the Yards killing
        * Maureen O’Looney, dead at 92, was matriarch to many in Chicago’s Irish community
        * Man gets 5-year sentence after throwing chair at cop


        * Flash flood warnings in west, south suburbs
        * Parolees charged in Harvey shooting, hostage standoff
        * Jackie Robinson West advances to U.S. final
        * Lewis talks about Emanuel but avoids his name
        * Man dead, 6 others wounded in overnight shootings
        * Quinn administration lays off 58 at transportation agency amid hiring controversy
        * Fans cheer on Jackie Robinson West: 'This is a dream come true'
        * Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath'
        * Defense attorney indicted on perjury, obstruction charges


        * Illinois Takes First Step Toward Drafting Greenhouse Gas Plan
        * Congress Reevaluating Militarization Of Local Police
        * Local Members Of Congress Condemn ISIS' Actions
        * Ground Broken On Tenth Street Rail Corridor
        * IDOT Cuts Positions Following Hiring Questions
        * Green Party Candidates Won't Appear On Ballot
        * Could Illinois Guard Be Called In To Ferguson?
        * Chatham Schools Supt. Talks Growth & Planning
        * Watchdog Applauds Investigation of Electric Supplier
        * Springfield Supt. Previews Coming School Year


        * Our Opinion: Another life saved by CPR
        * Esther Cepeda: Misreading our demographics
        * E.J. Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine
        * Richard Kaplan: Additional Rauner tax-return disclosures probably won’t reveal much
        * State Rep. Poe faces 3-week stem cell procedure in Texas
        * IDOT cuts positions following questions on hiring
        * Authorities investigating powdery substance at Illinois State Library
        * Term-limit backers seek Supreme Court intervention
        * Illinois' share of Bank of America settlement: $300M
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Possible Ward 10 aldermanic candidates emerge as Griffin considers future


        * Tires slit, items stolen in Farmer City spree
        * Area Calendar 8/22/14
        * Record corn crop expected locally
        * 'That's Amtrak time'
        * Head to Mahomet for Head East
        * Rantoul High looks to improve study halls
        * Baby hold on: This year's headliner has plenty to say
        * Unit 7 chief sees deficit in budget
        * Williams column was very insightful
        * Area history, Aug. 22, 2014


        * Coroner: Illinois student dies of heart disease
        * 2 men face charges in Harvey standoff
        * FBI offers reward in Bolingbrook bank robbery
        * Priest, residents lament death of 9-year-old
        * Storms cause scattered Indiana road flooding

        * Inactive Congress Discussed - Alton Daily ...
        * Roskam, Kirk speak to local business owner...
        * Roskam Talks Taxes - Alton Daily News
        * Roskam gives business leaders vision for f...
        * Roskam: Fighting human trafficking in the ...
        * Nadler, Roskam Introduce Bipartisan Resolu...
        * Rep. Nadler, Roskam Introduce Resolution C...
        * Rep. Roskam In Letter to Kerry: Stop Runni...
        * Reinvigorating The Antibiotics Pipeline - ...
        * Roskam mapping next House chapter, doublin...

        * Villa Park gets $432,000 US firefighting g......
        * Villa Park gets $432,000 US firefighting g......
        * Villa Park gets $432,000 US firefighting g......
        * Villa Park gets $432,000 US firefighting g......
        * Villa Park gets $432,000 US firefighting g......

        * Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats...

        * Church Claims JP Morgan Chase Mismanaged Millions
        * Good and bad news in July for Illinois housing market
        * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #13: Yay, Tastee-Freez!
        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Fill In The Blank
        * Alderman: Milwaukee Avenue Protected Bike Lane Proposal Dead
        * New 9th Ward Candidate for Alderman
        * Obama Weighs Broader Move On Legal Immigration
        * Holder Brings His Civil Rights Push To Ferguson
        * Protest Outside Of Paul Ryan Book Promotion Event In Chicago
        * Activists Protest At Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney Chicago Event


        * ICYMI: Term limits amendment — and citizens — lose
        * IDOT Teams Up with “Walking Dead” Star to Drive Down Fatalities in Illinois - Innovative New Labor Day Ad Campaign to Target Young Males; Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Drunk, Unbelted Drivers
        * IDOT Takes Major Steps to Strengthen Personnel Practices - Corrective Actions Aim to Improve Accountability, Restore Public Confidence
        * Governor Quinn Signs Law to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking - Law Establishes Fund to Provide Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
        * Governor Quinn Signs Law to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence - “Diane’s Law” Expands Monitoring of Domestic Abusers Released on Bail




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller