Leadership Shares

Leadership shares refer to each generation’s share of all leaders, year by year, since 1789. The share is calculated separately for three U.S. bodies: all senators, all representatives, and all governors. “National” leadership shares are the unweighted average of the shares in these three bodies.

Share by Congress and Generation
National (1789–2015)
Congressional… Generation
Start Year Number Awak Lib Rep Comp Tran Gild Prog Miss Lost GI Sil Boom GenX Mill
1789 1st1.89 41.51 56.60
1791 2nd0.85 31.62 67.52
1793 3rd1.26 22.01 76.10
1795 4th0.58 13.45 84.80 1.17
1797 5th 12.36 79.21 6.74
1799 6th 8.33 77.98 11.90
1801 7th 9.20 68.97 19.54
1803 8th 7.14 67.14 22.38
1805 9th 6.67 62.38 26.67
1807 10th 4.76 60.95 29.05
1809 11th 2.76 58.99 32.26
1811 12th 2.43 50.97 43.69
1813 13th 0.76 42.80 53.03
1815 14th 0.37 33.33 62.22
1817 15th 23.68 71.80
1819 16th 21.25 75.46 0.37
1821 17th 14.79 77.82 3.52
1823 18th 10.67 80.33 5.00
1825 19th 6.03 81.27 9.84
1827 20th 5.59 76.32 15.46
1829 21st 3.26 76.22 18.24
1831 22nd 2.33 69.44 25.91
1833 23rd 1.18 59.76 35.80
1835 24th 0.86 51.01 46.97
1837 25th 0.29 42.40 56.14
1839 26th 34.11 65.01
1841 27th 28.99 69.57
1843 28th 19.81 79.26
1845 29th 17.07 81.44
1847 30th 12.83 86.88
1849 31st 10.98 87.57 0.58
1851 32nd 7.08 90.56 1.47
1853 33rd 4.39 88.60 6.43
1855 34th 4.46 86.31 8.63
1857 35th 2.26 86.44 11.02
1859 36th 1.15 80.80 17.48
1861 37th 1.59 79.62 18.79
1863 38th 0.35 72.63 27.02
1865 39th 0.33 68.75 30.92
1867 40th 55.65 44.35
1869 41st 42.63 57.37
1871 42nd 37.43 62.57
1873 43rd 33.89 64.69 1.42
1875 44th 25.47 72.66 1.87
1877 45th 20.85 77.01 2.13
1879 46th 19.00 76.48 4.51
1881 47th 14.35 77.78 7.87
1883 48th 9.80 72.11 18.08
1885 49th 8.83 70.64 20.53
1887 50th 6.33 66.06 27.60
1889 51st 6.20 58.06 35.33 0.41
1891 52nd 2.69 55.28 40.17 1.86
1893 53rd 1.75 48.35 47.38 2.52
1895 54th 0.80 38.97 53.08 7.16
1897 55th 0.59 30.31 59.06 10.04
1899 56th 0.19 24.08 61.17 14.56
1901 57th 0.20 22.00 58.94 18.86
1903 58th 0.19 18.15 54.44 27.22
1905 59th 0.18 14.76 51.48 33.58
1907 60th 0.18 12.02 48.45 39.34
1909 61st 8.93 46.45 44.63
1911 62nd 4.78 41.59 53.63
1913 63rd 2.64 33.33 63.37 0.66
1915 64th 1.69 30.24 67.06 1.01
1917 65th 1.46 24.64 72.12 1.78
1919 66th 0.83 20.63 75.41 3.14
1921 67th 0.66 18.48 75.41 5.45
1923 68th 0.49 12.85 77.92 8.73
1925 69th 0.17 10.18 76.96 12.69
1927 70th 0.17 8.64 75.08 16.11
1929 71st 0.16 5.83 74.60 19.26 0.16
1931 72nd 3.43 70.26 25.98 0.33
1933 73rd 1.83 61.23 35.44 1.50
1935 74th 0.83 51.75 43.91 3.51
1937 75th 0.33 44.08 50.33 5.26
1939 76th 0.65 36.66 53.68 9.00
1941 77th 0.49 30.16 56.89 12.46
1943 78th 0.17 27.08 57.14 15.61
1945 79th 0.16 22.35 56.93 20.55
1947 80th 15.64 55.07 29.28
1949 81st 11.30 52.82 35.88
1951 82nd 8.32 50.92 40.77
1953 83rd 6.48 46.68 46.68 0.17
1955 84th 4.75 43.22 51.86 0.17
1957 85th 4.21 38.38 57.24 0.17
1959 86th 2.32 29.47 66.39 1.82
1961 87th 1.48 26.64 67.93 3.95
1963 88th 0.67 19.97 72.05 7.32
1965 89th 0.33 13.52 73.29 12.85
1967 90th 0.34 10.25 71.76 17.65
1969 91st 7.45 69.70 22.85
1971 92nd 5.69 66.22 27.93 0.17
1973 93rd 3.34 60.54 35.95 0.17
1975 94th 2.33 50.00 45.00 2.67
1977 95th 1.00 41.69 52.16 5.15
1979 96th 0.34 34.17 57.79 7.71
1981 97th 0.17 26.30 61.64 11.89
1983 98th 0.17 21.04 61.78 17.00
1985 99th 0.17 19.83 60.83 19.17
1987 100th 0.17 16.30 59.66 23.87
1989 101st 0.17 13.04 59.36 27.42
1991 102nd 11.73 56.95 31.32
1993 103rd 7.51 52.09 40.07 0.33
1995 104th 5.12 45.54 47.85 1.49
1997 105th 3.36 40.84 52.94 2.86
1999 106th 2.70 37.50 55.91 3.89
2001 107th 1.84 33.89 57.76 6.51
2003 108th 1.53 28.98 61.53 7.97
2005 109th 1.35 26.01 62.84 9.80
2007 110th 1.17 21.74 64.55 12.54
2009 111th 0.85 19.52 63.67 15.96
2011 112th 0.68 14.82 60.65 23.85
2013 113th 0.34 10.83 59.90 28.76 0.17
2015 114th 8.57 57.87 33.22 0.35

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