For the second consecutive session, Jesuit-educated alumni compose 10% of Congress. Among the 535 members of the 116th United States Congress, 55 graduated from Jesuit institutions: 12 in the Senate and 43 in the House of Representatives. Among Fordham Law-educated representatives, Jerrold Nadler ’78 was reelected to represent the 10th District, and Thomas Suozzi ’89 was reelected to represent the 3rd District.
Twelve Jesuit institutions are currently represented by alumni in the 116th U.S. Congress. Fordham University is tied with Boston College for second-most, each with 6; Suozzi is an alumnus of both Boston College and Fordham. (Representative Rosa DeLauro is an alumna of Marymount College, which was later incorporated by Fordham University.) The College of the Holy Cross has 3 alumni while
Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, Saint Peter’s University, Santa Clara University, and the University of Detroit Mercy all have two alumni represented. The remaining schools with an alumnus in Congress are Creighton University, Gonzaga University, and Regis University. Georgetown University has the most with a total of 28.
Of the 55 alumni/ae in the 116th U.S. Congress, seven were elected in 2018: Representatives Gil Cisneros (D-CA, M.B.A. Regis University, 2002); Greg Pence (R-IN, B.A. Loyola University Chicago, 1979; M.B.A. Loyola University Chicago, 1983); Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ, J.D. Georgetown University, 2007); Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM, B.A. Georgetown University, 2007); Greg Stanton (D-AZ, B.A. Marquette University, 1992); Bryan Steil (R-WI, B.S. Georgetown University, 2003); and Lori Trahan (D-MA, B.A. Georgetown University, 1995). In addition to a strong Jesuit-educated showing, the 116th Congress is the most racially and gender diverse.