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WASHINGTON (UMNS) – Forty-five United Methodists will serve in the 113th United States Congress, three fewer than in the 112th. The new Congress, which convened Jan. 3, is the most religiously diverse in the nation’s history with the first Hindu in either chamber, the first Buddhist in the Senate and the first member describing her religion as “none.”

For the first time in decades, a United Methodist from Indiana will not have a seat in the U.S. Congress. Senator Richard Lugar (1976-2012) was the last United Methodist to serve from Indiana in the Senate. Lugar, a member of St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, was the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history.

Representative Baron Hill (1999-2005 and 2007-2011) was the last United Methodist to serve from Indiana in the House. He is a member of the Seymour UMC.