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From Reagan to Obama, a look at how far the body politic has come in three decades

In 2013, the United States will hold an inauguration for a second-term African-American president, and Congress will have its first openly gay senator in Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and historic female representation with a total of 99 women serving in the Senate and House.

But how much has changed since President Ronald Reagan? We decided to look back three decades to see for ourselves. — LAURA FINALDI

President of the United States:

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1985: Ronald Reagan

2013: Barack Obama

CONGRESS

SENATE

Women

1985: 2

2013: 20

African-American

1985: 0

2013: 0

Asian-American

1985: 2

2013: 2

Hispanic

1985: 0

2013: 3

HOUSE

Women

1985: 23

2013: 79

African-American

1985: 20

2013: 43

Asian-American

1985: 3

2013: 9

Hispanic

1985: 12

2013: 29

Governor of Massachusetts:

1985: Michael S. Dukakis

2013: Deval Patrick

Boston mayor:

1985: Raymond L. Flynn

2013: Thomas M. Menino

Boston city councilors:

1985:

Female: 1

African-American: 2

Asian-American: 0

Hispanic: 0

2013:

Female: 1

African-American: 3

Asian-American: 0

Hispanic: 1

Massachusetts population

Total

1980: 5,737,037

2010: 6,547,629

White

1980: 93.5%

2010: 80.4%

Black

1980: 3.9%

2010: 6.6%

Asian-American/Pacific Islander

1980: Less than 1 percent

2010: 5.4%

Hispanic

1980: 2.5%

2010: 9.6%

Sources: Whitehouse.gov, Senate.gov, Library of Congress Congressional Research Service report on the 99th Congress, CQ/Roll Call, Mass.gov, CityofBoston.gov, office of Councilor Charles C. Yancey, 1980 Census, 2010 Census.

Laura Finaldi can be reached at laura.finaldi@globe.com.
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