Number of Veterans in Congress Will Sink to New Low

Republican Michael Grimm, newly-elected Representative of New York's 13th congressional district, has big plans for his freshman term. A former Marine and undercover FBI agent, Grimm would like to start a new caucus of former military veterans and law enforcement officers on Capitol Hill. Said Grimm:

I think there's a commonality there. When someone has been down-range, so to speak, or to go through a door knowing that someone is on the other side with a weapon, it's a different perspective...In a world of global terrorism, I think that's important.

What would such a group look like in 2011? For one thing, there would be a lot more Republicans than Democrats. Following a big election year for the GOP, Congressional Republican veterans will outnumber their Democratic counterparts more than two to one. What's more, with the exception of Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal, every incoming veteran ran on the Republican ticket. That's a big shift from two years ago, when veterans in the 111th Congress were split evenly between the two parties.

The swing overshadows yet another decline in the number of veterans in Congress. A total of 113 veterans from both parties makes this the lowest ratio of veterans in Congress since World War II. That sounds more dramatic than it is, considering the last two Congresses (129 veterans in the 110th session, 120 in the 111th) had the same distinction. The decline in the 112th Congress simply adds another data point to the trend.

Check out the full list of veterans in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Newcomers are in bold.

Veterans in the 2011 U.S. House of Representatives

Democrats (25)Republicans (63)

Joe Baca, D-CA

Todd Akin, R-MO

Sanford D. Bishop, D-GA

Rodney Alexander, R-LA
Leonard L. Boswell, D-IA Spencer Bachus, R-AL
G.K. Butterfield, D-NC John Boehner, R-OH
Christopher Carney, D-PA Paul Broun, R-GA
John Conyers, D-MI Vern Buchanan, R-FL
Peter A, DeFazio, D-OR Dan Burton, R-IN
William D. Delahunt, D-MA Howard Coble, R-NC
John D. Dingell, D-MI Mike Coffman, R-CO
Charles A. Gonzalez, D-TX Mike Conaway, R-TX
Maurice Hinchey, D-NY Geoff Davis, R-KY
Edward J. Markey, D-MA John F. Duncan, R-TN
Jim McDermott, D-WA John Fleming, R-LA
William Pascrell, Jr., D-NJ Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-NJ
Gary Peters, D-MI Louie Gohmert, R-TX
Collin C. Peterson, D-MN Brett Guthrie, R-KY
Charles B. Rangel, D-NY Ralph M. Hall, R-TX
Silvestre Reyes, D-TX Doc Hastings, R-WA
Bobby Rush, D-IL Duncan D. Hunter, R-CA
Robert C. Scott, D-VA Darrell Issa, R-CA
Jose E. Serrano, D-NY Sam Johnson, R-TX
Fortney P. Stark, D-CA Walter B. Jones, Jr., R-NC
Mike Thompson, D-CA Peter King, R-NY
Edolphus Towns, D-NY Mark Steven Kirk, R-IL
Tim Walz, D-MN John Kline, R-MN
Gary Miller, R-CA
Pete Olson, R-TX
Ron Paul, R-TX
Joseph R. Pitts, R-PA
Ted Poe, R-TX
Dave Reichert, R-WA
Phil Roe, R-TN
Harold Rogers, R-KY
Mike Rogers, R-MI
Tom Rooney, R-FL
John Shimkus, R-IL
Cliff Stearns, R-FL
Ed Whitfield, R-KY
Joe Wilson, R-SC
Frank R. Wolf, R-VA
C.W. Bill Young, R-FL
Don Young, R-AK
Rick Crawford, R-AR

Steve Womack, R-AR
Jeff Denham, R-CA
Rich Nugent, R-FL
Allen West, R-FL
Sandy Adams, R-FL
Larry Bucshon, R-IN
Todd Young, R-IN

Adam Kinzinger, R-IL
Mike Pompeo, R-KS
Jeff Landry, R-LA
Andrew Harris, R-MD
Chip Cravaack, R-MN
Stephen Palazzo, R-MS
Joe Heck, R-NV
Steve Pearce, R-NM
Michael Grimm, R-NY
Chris Gibson, R-NY
Bill Johnson, R-OH
Steve Stivers, R-OH
Scott Rigell, R-VA

Veterans in the 2011 U.S. Senate

Democrats (12)Republicans (13)
Daniel K. Akaka, D-HI Roger F. Wicker, R-MS
Jeff Bingaman, D-NM Robert Bennett, R-UT
Thomas Carper, D-DE Thad Cochran, R-MS
Tom Harkin, D-IA Michael Enzi, R-WY
Daniel Inouye, D-HI Lindsey Graham, R-SC
John Kerry, D-MA James M. Inhofe, R-OK
Herb Kohl, D-WI Johnny Isakson, R-GA
Frank Lautenburg, D-NJ Richard Lugar, R-IN
Bill Nelson, D-FL John McCain, R-AZ
Jack Reed, D-RI Pat Roberts, R-KS
Jim Webb, D-VA Jeff Sessions, R-AL
Richard Blumenthal, D-CT Scott Brown, R-MA
Mark Kirk, R-IL