Hill Diversity

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

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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Report Card of Racial Diversity Among Senate Committee Top Staff

This report card examines racial diversity among top staff in U.S. Senate full committee offices in the 117th Congress. We define “top staff” as the following job titles: staff director, deputy staff director, chief counsel, general counsel, and policy director (125 top staff positions). For details on our grading system, see the methodology and background…

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Joint Center Signs Letter Urging the House of Representatives to Restore Funding

The Joint Center signed onto a letter to House Committee on Appropriations leadership urging “the House of Representatives to restore funding levels for Members Representational Allowances (MRA) and House committees to their FY 2010 levels, as adjusted for inflation” to “help address high turnover among congressional staff by addressing the twin issues of low pay…

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Joint Center Discusses Diversity Among Biden-Harris Political Appointments at American Constitution Webinar

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the American Constitution Society’s webinar providing advice for lawyers interested in being politically appointed by the Biden-Harris administration. During the discussion, Spencer shared the state of diversity among political appointments so far compared to previous administrations and in comparison to the promise of the Biden-Harris Administration to have a…

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Joint Center Presents Congressional Staff Diversity Data at FiscalNote Webinar

Joint Center Senior Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. LaShonda Brenson presented recent Joint Center data on congressional staff diversity at FiscalNote’s webinar entitled How to Create a Diverse Capitol Hill and K Street. Other panelists included former Deputy Secretary of Labor for President Obama Chris Lu, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies President…

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Strong Black Support for Shalanda Young for OMB Director

WASHINGTON — Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies submitted a letter signed by nearly 30 Black organizations calling for President Joe Biden to nominate Shalanda Young for Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. “As organizations that serve Black communities, we take great pride in strongly encouraging you to nominate…

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