Jesuit college alumni make up one-tenth of U.S. Congress

Despite there being only 28 Jesuits colleges and universities in the country, nearly one in every ten members of the 112th Congress has attended a Jesuit school for undergraduate or graduate studies.

A total of 53 members—41 in the House and 12 in the Senate—have attended a Jesuit secondary education institution.

In the House of Representatives leadership, the new Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are both alumni of Jesuit universities, having attended Xavier and Georgetown, respectively. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), a Georgetown alumnus, remains as Assistant Majority Leader.

“With the many challenges facing our nation, we are happy that our Jesuit college and university alumni/ae continue to play important roles in Congress and the Administration. Their commitment to lead and to serve is in the best Jesuit tradition,” Fr. Charles Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities said in a statement.

Of the Jesuit schools represented, Georgetown leads the pack with 18 alumni, followed by Boston College with 7 alumni, and the College of the Holy Cross with 4 alumni.

Of the significantly large number of new members in Congress, three are Georgetown alumni.

There are also more than 30 alumni serving in roles in the Obama administration.

6 Comments on “Jesuit college alumni make up one-tenth of U.S. Congress

  1. “The Jesuit philosophy is ‘give us your young and we will run the country.'”

    -Malachy McCourt

  2. Can we follow standard convention of noting schools and years of graduation for Georgetown Alum?

  3. Quick point of clarification: Durbin is a Senator, not in the House

  4. So am I but I had to pass courses in logic and General and Special Ethics among others to graduate. Some of them must have cut class.

  5. “The Jesuit philosophy is ‘give us your young and we will ruin the country.’”


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