Racial Diversity Among Top House Staff

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives

Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Racial Diversity Among Top U.S. House Staff

The report examines racial diversity among top staff in Washington, DC offices of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Click on the following for:

         A 2-page summary

        The full 37-page report

        An appendix of additional data

 Key findings:

  • People of color make up 38% of the U.S. population, but only 13.7% of all top House staff.
  • Both White Democrats and White Republicans hire overwhelmingly White top staff, even though their districts are surprisingly diverse.
  • Latina/o Members represent districts that are much more Latino than their top staff.
  • There are no Latinas/os, AAPIs, or Native Americans who serve as full committee staff directors or leadership office chiefs of staff, policy directors, or communications directors.
  • Women account for almost 61% of Black top staffers, almost 45% of Latina/o tops staffers, and just over 31% of AAPI top staffers.

To increase diversity, House Members should: 

  • Develop a written office diversity plan.
  • Track and disclose staff demographic data.
  • Interview at least one candidate of color for each vacant senior position (the "Rooney Rule").
  • Recruit diverse interns and pay them.
  • Build a diverse pipeline of mid-level staff.
  • Obtain unconscious bias training for the Member and managerial staff.
  • Support bipartisan reforms that would require all Members of Congress to adopt these recommendations, and would appoint a congressional chief diversity officer. 
 
Hashtag:  #HouseStaffDiversity
 
Media coverage:
 

New York Times, Nick Fandos (September 11, 2018)  "In an Increasingly Diverse House, Aides Remain Remarkably White"  

 

Roll Call, Alex Gangitano (September 11, 2018) “Report: Nearly Three Quarters of the House Have No Senior Staffers of Color

 

The National Journal, Harrison Cramer (September 11, 2018)Study:House Staff Less Diverse than House Members

 

Political Wire, Taegan Goddard (September 11 2018)Congressional Staff is Even Less Diverse than Congress

Roland Martin Unfiltered(September 11, 2018) View the videohere.

 

The Hill, Tal Axelrod (September 12, 2018) “Study: Overwhelming Majority of House Aides are White

 

The Huffington Post, Nick Visser (September 12, 2018) “Most Senior Aides to House Lawmakers are Still Very White, Study Finds

 

The Seattle Medium, Stacy Brown (September 12, 2018) “New Report: People of Color Nearly Absent from Top U.S. Staff

 

Politico, Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and Daniel Lippman (September 12, 2018) “POLITICO Playbook: Top House Democrat pitches quick passage of ethics package”

 

Epeak World News, (September 12, 2018) “Most Senior Aides To House Lawmakers Are Still Very White, Study Finds”

 

Bustle, Joseph D. Lysons (September 12, 2018)  “Racial Representation In Congress Is An Issue That Extends To Staffers Too, A New Study Shows”

 

Politico, Nolan D. McCaskill (September 12, 2018) “CONSERVATIVE GROUPS COORDINATE TO PUSH JORDAN FOR SPEAKER -- Top House staffers overwhelmingly white -- HOYER TO PITCH REFORM BILL -- Bush launching fundraising tour”

 

NBC News, Suzanne Gamboa (September 12, 2018) “Few minorities, only 45 Latinos, in U.S. House's top staff jobs, report says”

 

Howard Newsroom, Misha Cornelius (September 12, 2018) Chilling Study Reveals the American Public is More Likely to Elect People of Color to the U.S. House than House Members are to Hire Top Staff of Color

 

Roll Call, Mary C. Curtis (September 13, 2018)  “Midterms Show We’re Not Any Closer to a Post-Racial America”

 

InsideSources, Michael McGrady (September 14, 2018) Paying House Interns Could Tap Vital Talent

 

Capital Wire PR (September 15, 2018) NEW REPORT FINDS PEOPLE OF COLOR NEARLY ABSENT FROM TOP STAFF POSITIONS IN U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Gloucester Daily Times, Mary C. Curtis (September 21, 2018) Midterms show we're not any closer to a post-racial America

 

India Abroad, Aziz Haniffa (September 21, 2018) Bera, Khanna and Krishnamoorthi push back at think tank’s criticism of House hiring practices

 

PoliticsNation(September 23, 2018)

http://usshl.tveyes.com/MediaDownload/20180924/171814/10454864.2242/MSNBC_09-23-2018_08.48.30.mp4

 

Civil Eats, Randi Pink (September 26, 2018) Birmingham’s ‘Food Deserts’ Have Been Shaped by its Redlined Past

 

The Hill, Andres Bascumbe (October 2, 2018)A response to the US House racial diversity report

 

The Hill, Tess Bonn (October 3, 2018) Increasing racial diversity in Congress not about 'charity,’ says policy expert

 

GovLoop,Laura Girardin (October 4, 2018)5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FEDERAL NEWS FROM THE PAST MONTH

 

The Washington Post, Elise Viebeck and Gabriel Pogrund (October 9, 2018) Amid Kavanaugh uproar, changes to Congress’s sexual harassment rules stall

 

The Washington Post, Elise Viebeck and Gabriel Pogrund (October 10, 2018) A year since

 

Roll Call, Noel Perez (October 12, 2018) Want to build a more diverse Capitol Hill?  Start with the staff

 

The Washington Post, Spencer Overton (October 15, 2018) Capitol Hill must fix itself before it can fox the country

 

Diversity Inc, Sheryl Estrada ( November 07, 2018) The New Congress Must Change 'Appalling Lack of Diversity Among Top Staff'

 

The Intercept, Akela Lacy (November 10, 2018) HOUSE COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT TO GET A LOT LESS WHITE. WHAT THAT MEANS REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

 

The Philadelphia Tribune,Erin Schaff (November 12, 2018)Joint Center applauds Democratic Leader Pelosi’s letter on staff diversity

 

 

For all press inquiries, contact press@JointCenter.org