Hill Diversity

The Joint Center’s hill diversity work is focused on analyzing staff diversity on the Hill. See below for research, analysis, and activities related to hill diversity.

House-Wide Compensation and Diversity Study Shows African Americans and Latinos are Underrepresented Among Key Roles in Committee and Leadership Offices

On September 26, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives released results from its study on diversity and compensation. The study is based on findings from a web-based survey on compensation, benefits, and demographics sent to all 10,356 House staff across all Member offices, committee offices, leadership offices, and House officer offices. Of all House staff,…

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House-Wide Compensation and Diversity Study Shows African Americans and Latinos are Underrepresented Among Key Roles in the U.S. House

On September 26, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives released results from its study on diversity and compensation. The study is based on findings from a web-based survey on compensation, benefits, and demographics sent to all 10,356 House staff across all Member offices, committee offices, leadership offices, and House officer offices. Of all House staff, 51 percent…

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Joint Center Commends the U.S. House for Releasing Detailed Racial Data on Top Staffers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2019 Contact: press@jointcenter.org Joint Center Commends the U.S. House for Releasing Detailed Racial Data on Top Staffers The U.S. House released an extensive Compensation and Diversity Study after the Joint Center’s research recommended that the U.S. House track and disclose staff diversity data. WASHINGTON — The Joint Center for Political and Economic…

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Joint Center Honors Black Chiefs of Staff During CBC Week

On September 12, the Joint Center and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law co-hosted a reception to honor Black chiefs of staff on the Hill. Joint Center President Spencer Overton and Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke gave remarks ahead of the dinner reception. It was an event to bring awareness about…

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The Joint Center Commends Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) for Appointing Ariel Marshall and Jasmine Hunt as Legislative Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2019 Contact: press@jointcenter.org The Joint Center Commends Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) for Appointing Ariel Marshall and Jasmine Hunt as Legislative Directors With their promotions, Marshall and Hunt join a small group of Black LDs in the Senate WASHINGTON — Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends U.S. Senator…

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Senate Staff Diversity Among Democratic Presidential Candidates

On July 11, 2019, the U.S. Senate Democratic Caucus released diversity data on the U.S. Senate personal and committee office staff of each of their Members. This analysis examines data of the staff in the personal offices of the seven U.S. Senators running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: Bennet (CO), Booker (NJ), Gillibrand (NY),…

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Senate Democrats Survey Results Show More People of Color Hired, But Less Black Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2019 Contact: press@jointcenter.org WASHINGTON —  The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Diversity and Inclusion Senior Fellow Dr. LaShonda Brenson is releasing initial analysis on the latest results from the Senate Democrats’ third annual survey on the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of their staff. To date, Senate Republican…

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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…

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Joint Center Hosts 2019 CBC Luncheon

On May 29, the Joint Center hosted a luncheon featuring an overview of the 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Agenda. CBC Executive Director Kevin Harris provided the audience with insight on the priorities of the Caucus, and congressional staff highlighted their efforts to strengthen voting rights. In addition, full committee staff shared their priorities. The…

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Don Bell Reflects on Hill Staff Diversity Work

What a difference two years can make. As I depart from the Joint Center to continue my career in public service in my home state of Connecticut, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this incredible journey. The Joint Center played a critical role in changing the face and culture of Capitol Hill,…

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