This is a list of Buddhist members of the United States Congress.

As of 2021, only three Buddhists have ever been elected to Congress, the first being both Mazie Hirono and Hank Johnson in 2007. One Buddhist currently serves in the House of Representatives and one Buddhist serves in the Senate.


Senator Party State Term Notes
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Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Mazie Hirono Democratic Hawaii January 3, 2013 Incumbent First Buddhist senator[1][2]

House of Representatives

Representative Party District Term Notes
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Mazie Hirono, official 110th Congress photo.jpg
Mazie Hirono Democratic HI-02 January 3, 2007 January 3, 2013 One of the first two Buddhists in Congress. Retired to run successfully for U.S. Senator from Hawaii.[1][2]
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Hank Johnson Democratic GA-04 January 3, 2007 Incumbent One of the first two Buddhists in Congress[3]
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Colleen Hanabusa Democratic HI-01 January 3, 2011 January 3, 2015 Retired to run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator from Hawaii.[4]
November 14, 2016 January 3, 2019 Elected in special election to succeed Mark Takai, who died in office
Retired to run unsuccessfully for governor of Hawaii

See also


  1. ^ a b "Buddhists Get the Vote". Manitoba Buddhist Temple. November 5, 2010. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Camire, Dennis (January 5, 2007). "What happened to ... religious tolerance". Honolulu Advertiser. Gannett Company. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Tilove, Jonathan. "New Congress Brings with It Religious Firsts". Newhouse News Service. Archived from the original on December 19, 2006.
  4. ^ "Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 114th Congress". Pew Research Center. January 5, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016. The number of Buddhists in Congress fell from three to two, as Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, lost her bid for a Senate seat.