Minyan in the Senate: Jews in 113th Congress



In the 113th Congress, four new Jewish representatives were elected to the House of Representatives, bringing the total number of Jews in the House to 22. The Senate will be home to 11 Jews, four of whom won re-election on November 6th.

Entering the House will be Bill Schneider (D-IL), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Louis Frankel (D-FL) and Alan Grayson (D-FL). Grayson, who was ousted from the House in 2010 by a wave of tea party opposition, relied heavily on Hispanic support to win back his seat. Eric Cantor (R-VA) remains the only republican Jewish House member, as Republican Jewish hopefuls Randy Altschuler and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach were unsuccessful in their House bids.

While no new Jewish senators were elected, four Jewish Senators won reelection, including Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). Although Bennet does not identify with any religion, he was born to Jewish parents, and is the son of a Holocaust survivor. Prominent Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) did not seek reelection.

The total number of Jews is down from 39 in the 112th Congress to 33 in the 113th Congress.

Now is a great time for to reach out to all of your newly elected Senators and Representatives, and to share with them your hopes and priorities for the coming congress. If you would like help setting up in-district meetings please feel free to contact the RAC at 202-387-2800.

Here is a complete list of Jewish Senators and Representatives in the 113th Congress:

California

Senate: Barbara Boxer (D), Dianne Feinstein (D)

House: Susan Davis (D), Alan Lowenthal (D), Adam Schiff (D), Brad Sherman (D), Henry Waxman (D)

Connecticut

Senate: Richard Blumenthal (D)

Colorado

Senate: Michael Bennet (D)

House: Jared Polis (D)

Florida

House: Ted Deutch (D), Lois Frankel (D), Alan Grayson (D), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)

Illinois

House: Jan Schakowsky (D), Brad Schneider (D)

Kentucky

House: John Yarmuth (D)

Maryland

Senate: Ben Cardin (D)

Michigan

Senate: Carl Levin (D)

House: Sander Levin (D)

Minnesota

Senate: Al Franken (D)

New Jersey

Senate: Frank Lautenberg (D)

New York

Senate: Charles Schumer (D)

House: Eliot Engel (D), Steve Israel (D), Nita Lowey (D), Jerrold Nadler (D)

Oregon

Senate: Ron Wyden (D)

Pennsylvania

House: Allyson Schwartz (D)

Rhode Island

House: David Cicilline (D)

Tennessee

House: Steve Cohen (D)

Virginia

House: Eric Cantor (R)

Vermont

Senate: Bernie Sanders (I)

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3 Responses to “Minyan in the Senate: Jews in 113th Congress”

  1. You missed Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D) Oregon. She is a member of Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, OR. Suzanne is a married to Federal Judge Michael Simon.

  2. Although you correctly point it out in the article, your list of Jewish members of Congress incorrectly identifies Eric Cantor of Virginia as being a member of the Senate. He is a member of the House of Representatives.

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