Senate Finance Committee "Gang of Six" fun facts:
Inspired by a Salon article
|Who ||State ||Population |
|Max Baucus ||Montana ||967,440 |
|Kent Conrad ||North Dakota ||641,481 |
|Jeff Bingaman ||New Mexico ||1,984,356 |
|Chuck Grassley ||Iowa ||3,002,555 |
|Mike Enzi ||Wyoming ||532,668 |
|Olympia Snowe ||Maine ||1,316,456 |
Those Senators represent 8,444,956
people out of a total of 304,059,724
for the nation. That's 2.7%
. And they're all rural.
If each Senator represented a hypothetical state that contained 1/50th of the U.S. population (6,081,194.48
) then collectively, the six would represent 12%
of the nation.
That's not particularly inspiring (a larger "Gang" would be better), but it's a whole lot better than 2.7%. The Senate might just as well be a House of Lords, full of individuals with whatever quirks they happen to have. Some liberal, others conservative. But it's one thing for sure: not very representative of the population.
Several of them are lifers, too. Year of first term: 1978, 1987, 1983, 1981, 1997, 1995.
los angeles alone has more people without healthcare than most of these states have people. iowa might be a close match.