by Karim Bardeesy and Anna-Katarina Gravgaard
Many American politicians tout their Judeo-Christian heritage. Many tell stories of the immigrant experience of their parents. But a precious few are immigrants themselves. And even a smaller number belong to minority faiths, such as Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.
News21 has identified more than 40 such politicians who are, in effect, minorities representing majorities. Below, you will find an interactive map with detailed snapshots of each. Plus, for a closer look at seven of them, click to view the video profiles at right.
User's Note for Legislator's Map
To get more information about elected officials who are immigrants or from historically underrepresented religious backgrounds, click the pins on the map above. The large pins are those officials for whom we also provide video profiles. Also, you can click and drag on the map to move around the country, or use the scroll bar at the top left of the map to zoom in and out.