List of Buddhist members of the United States Congress

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This is a list of Buddhist members of the United States Congress.

As of 2020, only three Buddhists have ever been elected to Congress, the first being Mazie Hirono and Hank Johnson in 2007. One Buddhist currently serves in the House of Representatives and one Buddhist serves in the Senate.

Senate

Buddhist members of the Senate
Senator Party State Term start Term end Notes
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Mazie Hirono
(born 1947)[1][2]
Democratic Hawaii January 3, 2013 Incumbent First Buddhist in the Senate

House of Representatives

Buddhist members of the House of Representatives
Representative Party State Term start Term end Notes
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Mazie Hirono
(born 1947)[1][2]
Democratic Hawaii January 3, 2007 January 3, 2013 First of two Buddhists in Congress
Hank Johnson official photo.jpg Hank Johnson
(born 1954)[3]
Democratic Georgia January 3, 2007 Incumbent First of two Buddhists in Congress
Colleen Hanabusa Official Photo.jpg Colleen Hanabusa
(born 1951)[4]
Democratic Hawaii January 3, 2011 January 3, 2015 Her election made Hawaii the only state with a majority non-Christian House delegation.
November 14, 2016 January 3, 2019

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Buddhists Get the Vote". Manitoba Buddhist Temple. November 5, 2010. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Camire, Dennis (January 5, 2007). "What happened to ... religious tolerance". Honolulu Advertiser. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Jonathan Tilove. "New Congress brings with it religious firsts". Newhouse News Service. Archived from the original on 19 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 114th Congress". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016. The number of Buddhists in Congress fell from three to two, as Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, lost her bid for a Senate seat.
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