Next Congress: Perhaps a Cheney, Panetta, More Minorities


Next Congress: Perhaps a Cheney, Panetta, more minorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — No matter who wins the presidency, women and minorities are poised to make gains in the next Congress. The offspring of two pillars of the Washington establishment — former Vice President Dick Cheney and ex-CIA Director Leon Panetta — have a good chance to resume their families’ service in Congress.

The number of women in the Senate could increase by four or more above the current 20, with as many as three female minorities. It would be the highest number of women in the Senate in history, but nowhere near the percentage of females in the general population.

A record 167 women …

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