A National Journal analysis of new Census Bureau data found that about 1/2 of the house of representatives members represent districts in which minorities make up about 1/3 of the electorate. Even if we assumed that the other half of the house had zero minorities (which is silly), we’d still get that 1/6 of the total public voting power over the house of representatives is covered by minorities. That is not a small block.
But, the real focus is that, for any of the 205 members of the house who’s districts have such high numbers of minorities, there is a 1/3 pull toward the issues that matter most to them.
Now, that begs a question. Do minorities share enough views for that block to be a persuasive force? Or, are they so diverse that their voting power is diffused?
And Cameron Joseph notes
the growing prominence of Hispanic voters in districts represented by
black lawmakers: “Of the 39 black Democrats in the House, eight
represent districts where Hispanics now outnumber African-Americans,
including six where Latinos make up more than 40 percent of the