Jews In The 115th Congress

There will be 31 Jewish members of the 115th Congress, which convenes January 3, 2017, including nine senators. That's an increase of two from the current representation.

The number of Republican Jews will double – to two – with the election of David Kustoff of Tennessee's 8th Congressional District. Interestingly, Memphis' adjoining 9th District is also represented by a Jew, Democrat Steve Cohen. 

The other Jewish Republican is Lee Zeldin of New York, who was just elected to a second term.

There is still one Independent – Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – but he caucuses with the Democrats.

Three current Jewish lawmakers retired: California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Steve Israel of New York and Florida Rep Alan Grayson.  Grayson left the House to run for the Democratic Senate nomination, which he lost.

Here's the full list, courtesy of the National Jewish Democratic Council.  New members are in bold.

          Senators

Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Representatives

Brad Schneider (D, IL-10)

Jamie Raskin (D, MD-8)

Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-5)

Jacky Rosen (D, NV-3)

Steve Cohen (D, TN-9)

David Cicilline (D, RI-1)

Susan Davis (D, CA-53)

Ted Deutch (D, FL-22)

Eliot Engel (D, NY-16)

Lois Frankel (D, FL-21)

Sander Levin (D, MI-9)

Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47)

Nita Lowey (D, NY-17)

Jerry Nadler (D, NY-10)

Jared Polis (D, CO-2)

Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-9)

Adam Schiff (D, CA-28)

Brad Sherman (D, CA-30)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL-23)

John Yarmuth (D, KY-3)

David Kustoff (R, TN-8)

Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1)

I did the math to save you the effort.  California and New York are tied at five each; Florida has three; Colorado, Maryland, Illinois and Tennessee have two each, and the remaining Jews in the next Congress will be representing Connecticut, Minnesota, Hawaii, Vermont, Oregon, New Jersey, Nevada, Rhode Island, Michigan and Kentucky.

While we're counting, exit polls for the presidential race showed Jews voted 71 percent for Hillary Clinton and 24 percent for Donald Trump.  You can see the entire report here.  By comparison, four years ago Barack Obama got 69 percent of the Jewish vote compared to 31 percent for Mitt Romney.

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.
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