The number of United Methodists serving in the 109th Congress will remain at 61, unchanged from the 108th Congress.
The United Methodist Church also remained in third place among all religious groups represented in the Senate and House of Representatives.
The lawmakers will be working with an administration in which the president, George Bush, and vice president, Dick Cheney, are United Methodist.
There are 13 United Methodists in the Senate and 48 in the House. Republicans outnumber Democrats 38 to 23, again a repeat from the last election...
...Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat, won a seat in Missouri's 5th Congressional District, centered in Kansas City. Also elected in Missouri was Democrat Russ Carnahan, son of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan. Carnahan won the seat formerly held by Dick Gephardt. The third United Methodist among the House freshmen is Dan Boren, a Democrat from Oklahoma and son of a former U.S. senator...
The new Congress will convene Jan. 16.