The report is critical to understanding diversity among top staff in the U.S. Senate, including chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors in Washington, DC personal offices of U.S. Senators, as well as staff directors assigned to committees. Data reflect Senate employment in April 2015.
People of color make up over 36 percent of the U.S. population, but only 7.1 percent of top Senate staffers.
Latinos make up over 16 percent of the U.S. population, but only 2.1 percent of top Senate staffers.
African-Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, but only 0.9 percent of top Senate staffers.
Senate offices representing states with large Hispanic and African-American populations hire few senior staffers of color.
While those who self-identified as Democrats nationwide were 22 percent African-American and 13 percent Latino, top Democratic U.S. Senate staff as a group is 0.7 percent African-American and 2.0 percent Latino.
Senators should take several steps to increase diversity.