As our nation becomes more diverse in a variety of ways, our national politics is starting to catch up to those demographics. The 2018 midterm elections broke records and barriers in terms of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity. The incoming House of Representatives (116th Congress) is the most diverse class in history. Along the same lines, the current slate of 2020 Presidential hopefuls in the Democratic party includes more diversity than we have seen previously, including women, people of color and gay candidates.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the current landscape of elected officials and Presidential hopefuls, explore what this means in terms of diversity and representation and research one elected official in depth.