Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/19/2009 7:18 AM  

Amend the Constitution.

By Anonymous Aaron, at 8/19/2009 3:01 PM  

los angeles alone has more people without healthcare than most of these states have people. iowa might be a close match.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/20/2009 7:20 PM  

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