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October 17, 2013

An Updated House Jewish Projection

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A tourist gazes at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.
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A little more than a year before the 2014 election, we decided it's time to revamp our House Jewish projection page. For those of you who aren't familiar with the format: this page is a tradition that began long before I came to the Jewish Journal and is aimed at following congressional races in which one (or more) of the candidates is/are Jewish. And no, we don't claim that the Jewishness of a House member means much politically. We don't assume that a Jewish House member will vote one way or the other on any of the issues. We just like to see them there, and take special interest in them for purely tribal reasons. 

Early this year I explained how a Democratic House also means a "Jewish House". Here's what I wrote: "You want to know if the number of Jews in the House is declining or growing? All you have to do is to follow the fortunes of the Democratic side of the House".

Of course, we don't know yet what type of Congress will be elected in November 2014, and it seems that because of the shutdown crisis all previous bets are off – or at least under renewed scrutiny. Anyway, in our renewed House page you can see what we expect to see from Jewish candidates across the nation on a case by case basis, what's the total number of Jewish legislators we project for 2015-2016, and why.

If you're into Jewish politics - visit our House page.

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