Hill Diversity

The Joint Center’s Hill diversity work analyzes racial diversity of congressional staff. See below for our research, analysis, and activities.

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New Joint Center Report Finds People of Color Are Significantly Underrepresented in U.S. Senate Committee Top-Level Positions

Most U.S. Senate Committee Chairs and Ranking Members Fail to Hire Top Staff That Reflects U.S. Diversity Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Racial Diversity Among Senate Committee Top Staff, a report revealing a lack of racial diversity among top staff in Senate committee offices. The report found that while people of color account…

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Racial Diversity Among Senate Committee Top Staff

Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Racial Diversity Among Senate Committee Top Staff. This report provides evidence regarding the lack of racial diversity among U.S. Senate committee office top staff positions. This report defines committee office top staff as all staff director, deputy staff director, chief counsel, general counsel, and policy…

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Senators Hirono, Luján & Warnock Have Most Diverse Staff; Over 27 Percent of Senate Democratic Committee Offices Have No Black Staff

Joint Center Ranks Senators Based on 2021 Senate Democratic Diversity Data WASHINGTON — The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends Senate Democrats for releasing their fifth annual survey on racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation/gender identity diversity of their staff. To date, Senate Republican offices have not released staff demographic data. Our analysis includes over 20 graphics detailing…

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Digging Deeper: 2021 Senate Democratic Caucus Diversity Numbers

On July 13, 2021, the Senate Democratic Caucus released an update of its demographic data on Democratic staff (find 2021 numbers here and 2020 numbers here). The analysis below ranks the offices on their total diversity in the following categories: Overall Senate Personal Office Chart Most & Least Diverse Staff in Senate Personal Offices (by…

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Joint Center Signs Letter Urging the Chief Administrator Officer to Conduct a Study on Current Benefits for Staffers

The Joint Center signed a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor urging the office to conduct a study on the current benefits for staffers. The letter especially asks the office to analyze staffers’ pay as lesser compensation, unpaid internships, and underpaid entry-level positions damages Congress’s ability to attract a diverse…

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The Joint Center Commends Senator Booker for Hiring Leah Hill as Legislative Director

Hill is One of Only Six Black Senate Legislative Directors WASHINGTON — Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) for hiring Leah Hill (pictured right) as legislative director in his personal office. Hill is one of six current Black legislative directors in the U.S. Senate. Jasmine Dimitriou (Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)), Josh…

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