Divided America Series: Next installment

The next installment in The Associated Press’ Divided America series includes a story package about the under-representation of minorities in statehouses and Congress. The story, BC-US—Divided America-Missing Minorities, comes with several spreadsheets for customers to use for their own localizations.

The spreadsheets include the racial and ethnic breakdown by state and the percentage of seats those minorities hold in state legislatures and Congress. Racial and ethnic breakdowns also are presented for each state house, state senate and congressional district.

The spreadsheets and a detailed readme file explaining the data can be accessed at the following link:


The stories described below are moving in advance Thursday, June 9, for immediate use at 12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 16.

For questions about the BC-US—Divided America-Missing Minorities package, contact AP State Government Team Editor Tom Verdin at taverdin@ap.org.

AP reporter David Lieb at dlieb@ap.org and data journalist Angeliki Kastanis at akastanis@ap.org are available to answer specific questions about the data sets.



UNDATED _ As Virginia’s only Latino state lawmaker, Alfonso Lopez made it his first order of business to push for a law granting in-state college tuition to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally since childhood. The bill failed. Again and again. “If we had a more diverse (legislature) and more Latinos in the House of Delegates,” he says, “I don’t think it would be as difficult.” But truly diverse legislatures are a rarity across the United States. While minorities have made some political gains, they remain severely underrepresented in Congress and nearly every state legislature, according to an analysis of demographic data by The Associated Press. The lack of political representation can carry real-life consequences. When the people elected don’t look, think, talk or act like the people they represent, it can deepen divisions that naturally exist in the U.S. By David Lieb. Moving in advance for use at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, and thereafter. 2,100 words, photos, interactive. An abridged version will also move.


DIVIDED AMERICA-MISSING MINORITIES-HIGHLIGHTS, summary highlights from an AP demographic analysis. 600 words.



Momentum appears to be building to pare back the role of partisan politics in the way districts are drawn.


DIVIDED AMERICA-REDISTRICTING-GLANCE, a look at how legislative redistricting is done in every state.





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