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WaPo notes Herrera Beutler’s unique place in new Congress (but it’s probably not what you think)

Earlier this week, The Washington Post ran a post-election analysis that looked at which demographic groups are representing each in the incoming Congress. It also contained a surprising fact about Clark County’s local member of Congress.

Of the conclusions, most representatives in the next Congress will be Democrats: white and men. But only 21 percent of Democrats will be all three and most white men will be Republicans, according to the analysis. The analysis has other insights about the representation of people by age, education and others. It’s worth a read if you’re interested in this sort of thing.

Buried in the article is a reference to U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and her unique place in the next Congress’ demographic puzzle:

If you’re curious, only 0.2 percent of American women and 0.1 percent of Hispanic Americans will be represented by a Republican woman of color. That’s because there’s only one: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.).

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