Opening Prayers: Who's Praying for Congress?
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.