The 118th Congress is the third oldest since 1789


This year the age of Congress has not increased.

But don’t call it young.

The 118th Congress entered Capitol Hill as one of the oldest of the last century. According to an NBC News analysis of data from the @UnitedStates Project. A group of journalists and researchers who track historical and current Congress-related information. In fact, of all Congresses since 1789. It is the second-oldest Senate and third-oldest House.

As of Tuesday, the median age in the Senate was 63.9 years. In the House, it is 57.5 years.

The average age of the 118th Congress is half a year shorter than that of the 117th Congress. But historical data shows that this is an anomaly. As both the Senate and the House have aged significantly. Over the past four decades: the Senate by about 12 yearsnd the House by 9 years. By comparison, the median age in the United States has increased by about 9 years since 1980.

It wasn’t always this gray

The average age of the House. And Senate in each Congress has increased since 1981.

Representatives must be at least 25 years old when they take office and senators, 30 years old.

The youngest known representative in the current Congress is 25-year-old. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., followed by 33-year-old Alexandria. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The oldest known representative, Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., is 86. In the Senate, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., 89, is the oldest and Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., 35, is the youngest.

According to the US Census Bureau, the median age in the United States is 38.8 years.


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