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From Catholic schools to Congress

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Here's a good reason to be proud of Catholic education during Catholic school’s week: Almost 10 percent of our Senators and Representatives in the 111th Congress went to Jesuit colleges, Catholic News Services reports.

There are 52 total Jesuit school alums, including 11 in the Senate and 41 in the House. And they are leaders in Congress, too: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD.; House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-OH; and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-IL.

Of particular Jesuit note, new Representative Joseph Gao (R-LA) was actually a Jesuit seminarian before deciding to go into politics, and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) taught for a year through Jesuit Volunteer Corps. after graduating from the College of Holy Cross.