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How many Latter-day Saints are in the 118th U.S. Congress?

Three members of the U.S. Senate and six from the House of Representatives are Latter-day Saints, according to information from Pew Research Survey

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The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

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How many Latter-day Saints are in the 118th U.S. Congress?

Three members of the U.S. Senate and six from the House of Representatives are Latter-day Saints, according to information from Pew Research Survey

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The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.

Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press

Nine Church members are part of the 118th United States Congress, three members of the U.S. Senate and six from the House of Representatives, according to information from Pew Research Survey’s “Faith on the Hill” report looking at the religious composition of Congress.

It’s the same number as the 117th U.S. Congress (2021-2022), which was one fewer than four years ago in the 116th Congress (2019-2020) and the lowest in the last decade, according to the report about the 117th U.S. Congress. 

The Latter-day Saint lawmakers come from three states — Arizona, Idaho and Utah — and are all Republicans. 

The report notes that these nine lawmakers make up 1.7% of Congress, which is similar to the 2% of the U.S. adult population who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pew Research draws from CQ Roll Call, which surveys members of Congress about a variety of demographics, including religious affiliation.

U.S. Congress is composed of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Members of the House serve two-year terms and are elected in even years and begin serving the following January. Senators serve six-year terms and there are elections for about one-third of the Senate seats every two years.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

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  • Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, 71, has served in the Senate since 1999 and also served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998. He was re-elected in the 2022 elections.
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

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  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, 51, has served in the Senate since 2011 and was re-elected in the 2022 election.
U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah

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  • Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, 75, has served in the Senate since 2019. He was previously the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona

U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona

Frederick Schilling

  • Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, 64, is starting his fourth term and has served since he was elected in November 2016.
U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah

U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah

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  • Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, 62, has served since winning a special election in 2017 and has been re-elected three times. 
U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah

U.S. Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah

Leah Herman

  • Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, 42, is starting his second term.
U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah

U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah

Leah Herman

  • Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, 71, is also beginning his second term.
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho

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  • Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, 72, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999.
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah

stewart.house.gov

  • Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, 62, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013.

For the 112th Congress, in 2011-2012, there were 15 who self-identified as members of the Church serving in the House and Senate. For the 106th Congress, 1999-2000, there were 17, according to information from the report about 117th Congress members.

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