As you will see, Pelosi represents a very wealthy district. With that wealth, comes very few people living without insurance and a poverty level far below the national average.
The reality that Pelosi represents a district with a demographic profile much more befitting of a Republican is why she governs from the right.
The speaker of the House in a Democratic Congress must represent a district that looks like the Democratic Party. By installing a speaker representing a conservative district, the Democratic Party is prevented from doing anything progressive.
As the data shows, Pelosi should be removed as speaker.
Points About the Data
- The data presented here comes from a website that allows you to get demographic information for any congressional district.
- The information is based on data from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) and estimates of data published by the Census Bureau.
- As with all data published by ACS, the data presented here is not considered the most statistically valid data.
- Still, it is regularly used and readily available.
- While it may not be the most accurate, It’s accurate enough to paint a picture and to make effective comparisons.
- As with every governmental program, Census data does not accurately represent POCs, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and more.
- I’m presenting this data, because it tells an important story and it is relied on by all kinds of governmental institutions.
- Since the data is estimated, the numbers will not always perfectly add to a hundred percent.
Racial Composition of Pelosi’s District
|Black or African American||45,145|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||3,317|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||3,439|
|Hispanic or Latino||118,236|
|Some Other Race||60,317|
|Two or more Races||46,122|
Notes on the Racial Composition of Pelosi’s District
- The total population used is 779,824.
- About 46% of Pelosi’s district is white.
- About 33% of Pelosi’s district is Asian.
- About 6% of Pelosi’s district is black or African American.
- About 15% of Pelosi’s district is Hispanic or Latino.
- About 79% of Pelosi’s district is white or Asian.
Socio Economic Information about Pelosi’s District
- Total Households, 331,958
- Median household income, $127,290
- Mean household income, $176,105
- People with health insurance, 746,171
- People without health insurance, 30,041
- People living in poverty, 5.1%
Notes on Socio Economic Data
- The Median income is the income level where half the people earn more than that number and half the people earn less. In Pelosi’s district, half of the households have an income of at least $127,290.
- In 2019, the median income in the United States was $68,703.
- The mean income is calculated by dividing the amount of total household income by the number of households.
- In 2019, the poverty rate for the nation was 10.5%, more than double the poverty rate in Pelosi’s district.
I decided to publish this because I have been wondering why Pelosi keeps getting reelected by huge margins while being out of touch with the base of the Democratic Party. Sure, the corporate money she raises plays a role, but the unfortunate reality is Pelosi’s conservative agenda fits what you would expect from a district with the demographic makeup of hers.
Pelosi can get away with opposing Medicare for All, because almost everyone in her district is insured. She doesn’t have to care about people living in poverty, because few people in her district live in poverty. On the other hand, she must keep taxes low for the rich, because most of the people in her district are in the 10% highest income earners.
Sadly, this data demonstrates it will be nearly impossible for a progressive to beat Pelosi in an election. Wealthy people, generally, don’t want to fund programs they don’t need.
The demand for progressives now really must be removing Pelosi from office. The argument can be strongly supported by the data, and the moral point is that the speaker of a Democratic House must represent a district that is demographically similar to the composition of the base of the Democratic Party.