Of the nearly 100 chaplains who delivered opening prayers during the 112th Congress, most were Proestant while Muslim and Mormon prayer leaders each had just one representative, according to a C-SPAN roundup.
Eight percent of the chaplains were Jewish. Thirty-seven percent of the chaplains were evangelical Protestants, while mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics made up about 23 and 26 percent, respectively. C-SPAN denoted 4 percent of the chaplains as "other."
The percentages generally follow the faith makeup of the 112th Congress. About 57 percent of lawmakers are Protestant, according to a Pew study. Twenty-nine percent are Catholic, about 3 percent are Mormon, and about 8 percent are Jewish.
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