Who are the new leaders of the American people?

The United States is a racially and ethnically diverse nation of 330 million people. But when looking at the country's elected officials, as well as the Supreme Court and President Donald Trump’s cabinet, one thing stands out - most are still white men.

Click the filters below to see the makeup of the president’s cabinet, as well as the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, including those newly elected.

Newly elected officials resume office on January 3, 2019.

Last updated: 3 January 2019.

Result for NC 9th district remains disputed.

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out of 23 members of cabinet are white men

Cabinet members are among the most powerful people in the county. Their job is to lead their respective executive departments and advise the president.

The cabinet consists of the Vice President and 15 executive departments ranked according to their presidential line of succession. Additional members can be designated by the president and are Cabinet-ranked, but do not hold any other additional powers.

Most of Donald Trump's appointed cabinet members are white and male.


out of 9 Supreme Court Justices are white men

Supreme Court Justices are the highest-ranked judges in the country. They have the power to interpret the Constitution.

Justices are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. They serve a lifetime tenure.

The longest-serving justice currently in office is Clarence Thomas, who was appointed by George HW Bush in 1991. The most recent justice to join is Brett Kavanaugh, who after a controversial confirmation process, assumed office in October 2018.

out of 55 governors are white men

before the 2018 midterm elections.

Each of the 50 US States and five territories has a governor. Governors lead their respective states and implement laws.

Governors are elected by direct popular vote, and typically serve a four-year term.

Historically, there has been very little diversity among US governors with the majority being white men.


out of 100 senators are white men

before the 2018 midterm elections.

The Senate forms the upper house of Congress. Each state has two senators regardless of population size. Their job is to represent their respective states by serving on committees and introducing legislation. Senators also have the power to remove a sitting president with a two-thirds majority if the House votes to impeach.

Senators are elected by direct popular vote and serve a six-year term.


out of 435 house members are white men

before the 2018 midterm elections.

Result for NC 9th district remains disputed.

The House of Representatives forms the lower house of Congress. There are a total of 435 house members whose job is to represent their respective districts.

Each state has one district for every 693,000 people. This is why a densely-populated state such as California has 53 house members, and a sparsely populated state such as Alaska only has one.

The House of Representatives is the most diverse, both in terms of representation of people of colour, as well as women.


US population census (2017)

Race Percent
White (reporting only one race) 76.6%
Black 13.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3%
Asian 5.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2%
Two or More Races 2.7%
Hispanic or Latino 18.1%
White (not including Hispanic or Latino) 60.7%

Source: Census.gov

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