10 Surprising Facts About The Republican Party

If you, like millions of other people, are glued to your TV watching U.S. presidential election coverage, you hear comments and jokes about both the Republican and Democratic party thrown around by everyone. Saturday Night Live also offers parodies of members of both parties, and while exaggerated, these impressions often aren’t too off base. While much of what we hear is speculation, both parties have long and rich histories filled with interesting facts that will impress your friends at your next dinner party. Here are ten facts you should know about the Republican party.

Economic Track Record

90% of American recessions since 1953 have taken place while a Republican was president.

Women vs. Men

As of 2015, the Republican party only has 28 female congress members, while the Democratic party has 76.

Voting Record

When the Violence Against Women Act was up for reauthorization, every “nay” vote came from the Republican side.

The Elephant in the Room

Th elephant symbol associated with the Republican party was created by cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1874.


While some people associate the GOP with meaning “the government of the people,” it actually means the Grand Old Party.

The First Republican President

You’ve heard of Abe Lincoln, but did you know he was the FIRST Republican president? He was elected in 1861.

Smaller Party, More Wins

The Republican party only has 55 million registered voters compared to the Democrats’ 72 million, but the Republican party has actually won more presidential elections.

Republican Formation

The Republican party was formed by anti-slavery activists in 1854.

Surprising Votes

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed by a Democratic president, but actually had more favorable votes from Republicans than Democrats.

Famous Republicans

Some famous Republicans include: Adam Sandler, Heather Locklear, LL Cool J, James Earl Jones, The Rock, Caitlyn Jenner, and 50 Cent.