Buzzfeed reports Democratic congressman Ben McAdams of Utah and Republican Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Please read my statement on contracting #COVID19. I have self-quarantined since first having symptoms and consulted with my doctor. #utpol

Diaz-Balart, a 58-year-old Republican from Florida, said he began experiencing symptoms on Saturday “including a fever and headache,” according to a statement from his office. He was informed that he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on Wednesday.

Other members of congress who have self-quarantined but have not announced that they tested positive for COVID-19 include Julia Brownley and Jason Crow, both Democrats. Republicans who have self-quarantined but have not announced a positive test include Senators Ted Cruz, Cory Gardner, and Lindsay Graham. Graham’s test later came back negative.

Republican US House members Matt Gaetz and Doug Collins have also self-quarantined. 

Many members of the political class seem likely to come in contact with infected individuals.


As of March 18, 2020, 5 senators are in their 80s, 18 are in their 70s, 32 are in their 60s, 30 are in their 50s, 14 are in their 40s, and 1 is in his 30s.

  • The median age of currently serving Senators is 66 years, 176 days.
  • The median age of taking office for currently serving Senators is 51 years, 75 days.
  • The median length of their Senate terms to date is 11 years, 75 days.

The oldest US senators are Feinstein of California and Grassley of Iowa, both 86 years old. Don Young of Alaska, who is also 86, is apparently the oldest member of the US House currently serving.

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