Mainline Protestant presence in Congress declines

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that 97 members of Congress were Methodists in 1961, comprising 18 percent of the legislative body. Today there are only 50, or 9 percent.

Mainline Presbyterians have dropped from 73 to 45 members, while Episcopalians over the same period have fallen from 66 to 41 members.

The number of Baptists have increased over the same period from 62 to 68. It is believe that about half of those are Southern Baptists, including two from Missouri, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of First Baptist Church, Branson, and Rep. Sam Graves, a member of First Baptist Church, Tarkio.

Only five current members of Congress belong to faiths other than Christianity.

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