Digging Deeper: 2019 Senate Democratic Caucus Diversity Numbers

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Digging Deeper: 2019 Senate Democratic Caucus Diversity Numbers

On July 10, 2019, the Senate Democratic Caucus released an update of their demographic data (PDF here) on their staff (their 2018 numbers are here). The analysis below ranks the offices on their total diversity in the following categories:

Top Three Racially Diverse Personal Offices
1. Senator Harris (CA)—70%
2. Senator Schatz (HI)—69%
3. Senator Booker (NJ)—61%

Top Three Racially Diverse Committee Offices
1. Indian Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Udall (NM)86%
2. Rules Committee, Ranking Member Klobuchar (MN)60%
3. Aging Committee, Ranking Member Casey (PA)40%

Top Senators with Black Staff
1. Senator Brown (OH)—33%
2. Senator Cardin (MD)—31%
3. Senators Booker (NJ), Jones (AL)—30%

Top Three Senators with Latino/a Staff
1. Senator Udall (NM)—42%
2. Senator Heinrich (NM)—37%
3. Senator Rosen (NV)—34%

Top Three Senators with AAPI Staff
1. Senator Schatz (HI)—49%
2. Senator Hirono (HI)—39%
3. Senator Carper (DE)—20%

Top Senators with Women Staff
1. Senators Bennet  (CO), Wyden (OR)—68%
2. Senators Gillibrand (NY), Sanders (VT), Van Hollen (MD)—67%
3. Senator Cortez Masto (NV)—66%

Three Least Racially Diverse Personal Offices
1. Senators King (ME), Tester (MT)—5%
2. Senator Leahy (VT)—9%
3. Senator Manchin (WV)—13%

Least Racially Diverse Committee Offices
1. Agriculture Committee, Ranking Member Stabenow (MI)0%
2. Finance Committee, Ranking Member Wyden (OR)4%
3. Energy Committee, Ranking Member Manchin (WV); Veteran Affairs, Ranking Member Tester (MT)11%

Committee Offices with Lowest Percentage of Black Staff
Agriculture Committee, Ranking Member Stabenow (MI)0%
Armed Services Committee, Ranking Member Reed (RI)—0%
Energy Committee, Ranking Member Manchin (WV)—0%
Indian Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Udall (NM)—0%
Judiciary Committee, Ranking Member Feinstein (CA)—0%
Veterans Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Tester (MT)0%
Finance Committee, Ranking Member Wyden (OR)4%

Committee Offices with Lowest Percentage of Latino Staff
Agriculture Committee, Ranking Member Stabenow (MI)0%
Armed Services Committee, Ranking Member Reed (RI)—0%
Banking Committee, Ranking Member Brown (OH)—0%
Finance Committee, Ranking Member Wyden (OR)—0%
Rules Committee, Ranking Member Klobuchar (MN)—0%
HSGAC Committee, Ranking Member Peters (MI)3%

Senators Up by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Racial Diversity
Senator Warren (MA) (+12)
Senator Sanders (VT) (+10)
Senator Markey (+9)
Senator Smith (+8)
Senators Casey (PA), Coons (DE), Cortez Masto (NV) (+7)
Senators Brown (OH), Feinstein (CA) (+6)

Senators Down by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Racial Diversity
Senator Cantwell (WA) (-17)
Senator Hassan (NH) (-10) 
Senators Hirono (HI), Stabenow (MI), Senator Van Hollen (MD) (-8)
Senators Gillibrand (NY), Wyden (OR) (-7)
Senator Leahy (VT) (-6)

Senators Up by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Black Staff
Senator Brown (OH) (+7)
Senators Manchin (MA), Murphy (CT) (+6)

Senators Down by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Black Staff
Senator Van Hollen (MD), Senator Carper (DE) (-11)
Senator Duckworth (IL) (-6)

Three Senators With Greatest Gap Between Black Staff and Black State Population (2017 Census Estimates)
Senator Carper (DE) 9% Black staff, 21% Black state population
Senator Van Hollen (MD) 22% Black Staff, 29% Black state population 
Senator Coons (DE) 16% Black staff, 21% Black state population

Committees Up by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Racial Diversity
Rules Committee, Ranking Member Klobuchar (MN) (+27)
Budget Committee, Ranking Member Sanders (VT) (+20)
Banking Committee, Ranking Member Brown (OH) (+19)
Judiciary Committee, Ranking Member Feinstein (CA) (+10)
HELP Committee, Ranking Member Murray (WA) (+9)
Small Business Committee, Ranking Member Cardin (MD) (+8)
Appropriations Committee, Ranking Member Leahy (VT) (+7)

Committees Down by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Racial Diversity
Veterans Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Tester (MT) (-22)
Indian Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Udall (NM) (-14)
Energy Committee, Ranking Member Manchin (WV) (-13)

Committees Up by More Than 5 Points From 2018 in Black Staff
Rules Committee, Ranking Member Klobuchar (MN) (+20)
Banking Committee, Ranking Member Brown (OH) (+10)
Small Business Committee, Ranking Member Cardin (MD) (+9) 
Budget Committee, Ranking Member Sanders (VT) (+7)
Commerce Committee, Ranking Member Cantwell (WA) (+6)

Committees Down by 5 Points From 2018 in Black Staff
Judiciary Committee, Ranking Member Feinstein (CA); Energy Committee, Ranking Member Manchin (WV) (-5)

 

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On July 10, 2019, the Senate Democratic Caucus released an update of their demographic data (PDF here) on their staff (their 2018 numbers are