In the Senate, candidates who are Mormon (CJCLDS members) currently hold 7 of the 100 seats (7%).
(Mike Crapo (ID), Jeff Flake (AZ), Orrin Hatch (UT), Dean Heller (NV), Mike Lee (UT), Harry Reid (UT), and Tom Udall (NM).)
Mormons as a percentage of the general population are about 6,398,889 out of 317,831,000, so about 2%. In the Senate, then, they are out-performing their general population numbers by about 350%.
The current Senate Majority Leader (soon to be Minority Leader) is a Mormon, and the expected next President Pro Tempore (third in line of succession to the Presidency, after the Vice-President and Speaker of the House) is a Mormon (Orrin Hatch, the longest serving Republican member of the Senate).
Also, the number of Mormons in the Senate from outside of Utah, currently at 5, is greater than the number of Mormons in the Senate from outside of Utah in total before now (there have been 4 before the current Senators).
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That’s not surprising if you consider the states. They are either the majority or a huge minority in those areas. Consider the Jewish population and their representation in government. I think Catholics are over represented too. African Americans are heavily under represented. Women of any background or ethnicity are underrepresented.
@Jonathan, I agree with you when it comes to Utah and Idaho. Mormons aren’t a huge minority in Nevada (7%), Arizona (6%), or New Mexico (3%). I wonder if this is related to Mormon success in business or Ivy League schools, say. I also wonder if this is a harbinger of more Mormon influence in politics to come, since they are growing faster than the overall U.S. population increase. In 50 years, will there be 20 Mormon Senators instead of 7? Or is this some sort of high-water mark or fluke? When you combine this with things like the latest Republican nominee being Mormon, and another recent Republican nominee being Mormon (Huntsman), my guess is this is indicative of an increased presence in national politics by Mormons going forward. We’ll see.
I think for the most part, it will be regional. I see Mormons as not just a religion, but I see it, for some, as being some sort of social club of businessmen. They’re a select group that really help each other out. Also, they’re generally well educated. For one, I’d consider that their % is in the richest 2% of Americans. It’s probably much larger than their national %.