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Congress is really, really old

Updated: 2013-07-08T19:43:51Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Congress is made up of old-timers.

“Old” as in mostly 60-plus.

The average age for a member of the U.S. Senate is 63 for the Democrats and 61 for the Republicans — as of 2011.

For the House: 60 for the Democrats and 55 for the Republicans. The Democratic number is skewed by octogenarian John Dingell, the Michigan representative who’s spent two-thirds of his life in Congress.

Naturally, we were curious about the average ages of the right honorables from Kansas and Missouri. What we found is that House Republicans in the two states are bending the averages.

Consider this: In Kansas, the four U.S. House members are an average of 45 years old. (Third District rep Kevin Yoder is all of 37). That’s a full decade below the national average.

Translation: The four, who comprise what is arguably the most conservative House delegation in the nation, will be around for years.

The state’s two Republican senators, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, average 68 years, led by Roberts who is 77.

In Missouri, the GOP House members are an average of 50 years old, a full five years beneath the national average. The two Democrats, Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City and Lacy Clay of St. Louis, are an average of 62 years old, a couple of years on top of the national average. At 68, Cleaver is the Missouri delegation’s oldest member.

The state’s two senators average 61 years. Democrat Claire McCaskill is 59 and Republican Roy Blunt is 63.

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