Following the 2018 Maryland General Assembly elections, the state legislature became the most diverse and representative of the state’s general population it has ever been, but data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau and the state of Maryland shows that there is still room for improvement.
Capital News Service compared the makeup of the 2021 Maryland General Assembly to the population of Maryland — looking at race, age, gender and political party affiliation — using data collected from the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey, the Maryland State Board of Elections and the Maryland General Assembly.
Sen. Cory McCray — a representative for Maryland’s 45th district — spoke to the diversity of the General Assembly, noting the various milestones the legislature has made over the past three years.
In 2018, there were more women than ever before elected to the General Assembly, McCray said. Additionally, he said the Congressional Black Caucus makes up more than a third of the legislature for the first time ever.