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Jesuit Alumni Comprise Nine Percent of 114th U.S. Congress

January 6, 2015 — Nine percent of the 114th U.S. Congress are Jesuit educated. Among the 535 members, 48 are alumni/ae of Jesuit colleges and universities: 11 in the Senate and 37 in the House of Representatives.

Representative John Boehner (R-OH, Xavier University) is serving his third term as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD, Georgetown University) continues to serve as the House Minority Whip. In the Senate, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL, Georgetown University) serves as the Assistant Minority Leader.

Of the 48 alumni/ae, seven were newly elected in 2014. Of note, Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI, Georgetown University) succeeds her husband, Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI), a Georgetown University alumnus who was the longest-serving Member of Congress in history (1955 – 2015).

One Democratic lawmaker, Representative Juan Vargas of California, was a Jesuit novice for five years in the 1980s and earned a master’s degree from Fordham University.

There are currently 14 Jesuit colleges and universities represented by alumni/ae in the U.S. Congress. Georgetown University has the most alumni/ae with a total of 23, followed by Boston College with six and Fordham University with four. The College of the Holy Cross has three, while Creighton University and Saint Peter’s University both have two alumni/ae represented. Other Jesuit schools with alumni/ae in Congress are Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s University, Santa Clara University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wheeling Jesuit University and Xavier University.

"We are proud that nine percent of Congress are alumni/ae of Jesuit colleges and universities,” said AJCU President Jesuit Father Michael J. Sheeran. “We are grateful for their leadership, and we look forward to strengthening the excellent working relationships we have already established with those in Congress and forging ties with new members of the 114th Congress.”

Click here for the full list of Jesuit alumni/ae in the 114th U.S. Congress. [Sources: AJCU, Crux]


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