The 115th Congress is the most racially diverse in US history

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The 115th Congress takes office in January, and its chambers will have a record number of Latino, African-American and Asian-American members.

Here's a look at the numbers: 34 Latinos will serve in the House and four in the Senate. One of those representatives — Nevada Sen.-elect Catherine Cortez Masto — will be the first-ever Latina senator.

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The number of black members in Congress jumped from 46 to 49. The number of Asian-Americans increased from 11 to 15. And the number of women of color is set to quadruple.

There are some numbers that stayed the same, though. No LGBTQ members were added — that number still sits at seven — and there will be the same total number of women in both chambers.
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If this all sounds familiar, it's because it is. Nearly one in five members of the 114th Congress were a racial or ethnic minority.

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Lisa Murkowski, R - Alaska

(Photo by Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Daniel Sullivan, R - Alaska

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jeff Sessions, R - Alabama

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Richard Shelby, R - Alabama

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John Boozman, R - Arkansas

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Tom Cotton, R - Arkansas

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Jeff Flake, R - Arizona

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

John McCain, R - Arizona

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Barbara Boxer, D - California

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Dianne Feinstein, D - California

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Michael Bennet, D - Colorado

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Cory Gardner, R - Colorado

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Richard Blumenthal, D - Connecticut

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Christopher Murphy, D - Connecticut

(Photo via REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Thomas Carper, D - Delaware

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Christopher Coons, D - Delaware

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Bill Nelson, D - Florida

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Marco Rubio, R - Florida

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Johnny Isakson, R - Georgia

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

David Perdue, R - Georgia

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Mazie Hirono, D - Hawaii

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Brian Schatz, D - Hawaii

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Joni Ernst, R - Iowa

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Chuck Grassley, R - Iowa

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Mike Crapo, R - Idaho

(Photo by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

James Risch, R - Idaho

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Richard Durbin, D - Illinois

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Mark Kirk, R - Illinois

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Daniel Coats, R - Indiana

(Photo via REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

Joe Donnelly, D - Indiana

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Jerry Moran, R - Kansas

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Pat Roberts, R - Kansas

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Mitch McConnell, R - Kentucky

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rand Paul, R - Kentucky

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Bill Cassidy, R - Louisiana

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

David Vitter, R - Louisiana

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Edward Markey, D - Massachusetts

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Elizabeth Warren, D - Massachusetts

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Benjamin Cardin, D - Maryland

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

Barbara Mikulski, D - Maryland

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Susan Collins, R - Maine

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Angus King, I - Maine

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gary Peters, D - Michigan 

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Debbie Stabenow, D - Michigan

(Photo via REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Al Franken, D - Minnesota

(Photo via REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Amy Klobuchar, D - Minnesota

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roy Blunt, R - Missouri

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Claire McCaskill, D - Missouri

(Photo via REUTERS/ Sarah Conard)

Thad Cochran, R - Mississippi

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Roger Wicker, R - Mississippi

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Steve Daines, R - Montana

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jon Tester, D - Montana

(Photo via REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

Richard Burr, R - North Carolina

(Photo via REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Thom Tillis, R - North Carolina

(Photo via REUTERS/Davis Turner)

Heidi Heitkamp, D - North Dakota

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

John Hoeven, R - North Dakota

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Deb Fischer, R - Nebraska

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Ben Sasse, R - Nebraska

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Kelly Ayotte, R - New Hampshire

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jeanne Shaheen, D - New Hampshire

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Cory Booker, D - New Jersey

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Robert Menendez, D - New Jersey

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Martin Heinrich, D - New Mexico

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tom Udall, D - New Mexico

(AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Dean Heller, R - Nevada

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Harry Reid, D - Nevada

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Kirsten Gillibrand, D - New York

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Chuck Schumer, D - New York

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Sherrod Brown, D - Ohio

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Rob Portman, R - Ohio

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

James Inhofe, R - Oklahoma

(Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

James Lankford, R - Oklahoma

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jeff Merkley, D - Oregon

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Ron Wyden, D - Oregon

(Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Robert Casey, D - Pennsylvania

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Patrick Toomey, R - Pennsylvania

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Jack Reed, D - Rhode Island

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sheldon Whitehouse, D - Rhode Island

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lindsey Graham, R - South Carolina

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Tim Scott, R - South Carolina

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Mike Rounds, R - South Dakota

(Photo via REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

John Thune, R - South Dakota

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) 

Lamar Alexander, R - Tennessee

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bob Corker, R - Tennessee

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

John Cornyn, R - Texas

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ted Cruz, R - Texas

(Photo by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Orrin Hatch, R - Utah

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Mike Lee, R - Utah

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tim Kaine, D - Virginia

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Mark Warner, D - Virginia

(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Patrick Leahy, D - Vermont

(Photo credit CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders, I - Vermont

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Maria Cantwell, D - Washington

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Patty Murray, D - Washington

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tammy Baldwin, D - Wisconsin

(Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Ron Johnson, R - Wisconsin

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Shelley Moore Capito, R - West Virginia

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Joe Manchin, D - West Virginia

(Photo by Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

John Barrasso, R - Wyoming

(Photo via REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Michael Enzi, R - Wyoming

(Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)

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In 2013, Congress saw a record number of women and racial minorities sworn in. The 113th Congress reportedly had the first Buddhist in the Senate and the first openly bisexual woman in the House.

The growing diversity in the legislative body is a good thing, but compared with the U.S. population, Congress is still disproportionately white and male.

The 114th Congress was 80 percent white, 80 percent male and 92 percent Christian, and the new Congress is only slightly more diverse.

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