The House of Deputies at the 79th General Convention in Austin comprises 852 deputies, 53 percent of whom identify as women, 46 percent of whom identify as men, and slightly less than 1 percent of whom identify as gender queer. According to the Pew Research Center, the Episcopal Church’s membership in 2014 was 55 percent women and 45 percent men.
Length of service
Forty-four percent of deputies are serving for the first time, and 68 percent of deputies are serving for either their first or second convention.
Ninety deputies, or 11 percent of the House, were born in the 1980s or 1990s and are between the ages of 19 and 38. Two hundred and ninety six deputies, or 35 percent of the House, were born in the 1960s and 1970s and are between the ages of 39 and 58. One-third of the House was born in the 1950s and is between the ages of 59 and 68, while 22 percent were born in the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s and are 69 or older. Find the 2014 age demographics of the Episcopal Church on the Pew Research Center website.
Race and Ethnicity
More than three-quarters of the House of Deputies is white, while 10 percent is black, African American, or Afro Caribbean and 6 percent is Latino. Indigenous and Native American deputies make up 2 percent of the House, and Asian deputies account for 2 percent. According to the Pew Research Center’s most recent Religious Landscape Survey, the Episcopal Church’s members in 2014 were 90 percent white, 4 percent black, 2 percent Latino, and 1 percent Asian.