Newly-Elected House Members Hiring Fewer Top Staff of Color So Far
So far, hiring of diverse top staffers by newly-elected House Members (11.4 percent) lags behind the national population (40 percent of color), the top staff of newly-elected House Members two years ago (19.85 percent of color), and the top staff of the entire House in 2018 (13.7 percent of color).
The lag by newly-elected House Members remains when you break the numbers down by political party. (There are not enough new U.S. Senators to make a fair comparison breakdown by political party).
House Democrats: People of color accounted for 13.3 percent of top staff hired by newly-elected House Democrats (15 total), compared to 25.84 percent of top staff employed by freshman House Democrats two years ago.
House Republicans: People of color accounted for 10.7 percent of top staff hired by newly-elected House Republicans (45 total), compared to 7.14 percent of top staff employed by freshman House Republicans two years ago.
Note: We did not include Iowa’s 2nd congressional district and New York’s 22nd congressional district in our tracker, as the results of these races are still being challenged.
The Joint Center updates tracker data regularly.
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For more information on our current congressional staff diversity hiring campaign, click here.