FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2023
Chandra Hayslett, chandra@jointcenter.
Joint Center Praises U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner for Hiring Lot Kwarteng as Legislative Director
WASHINGTON — In response to U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) hiring Lot Kwarteng as legislative director in his Capitol Hill office, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies issued the following statement:
“We commend U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner for hiring Lot Kwarteng as legislative director in his Capitol Hill office. Sen. Warner has shown a commitment to diverse top staff in hiring Mr. Kwarteng. Having Mr. Kwarteng in this top role will better position Sen. Warner to center the needs of people of color in policy and legislation,” said Dr. LaShonda Brenson, senior researcher at the Joint Center. “Mr. Kwarteng, who has worked his way from an internship in Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office more than a decade ago to most recently serving as the senior policy advisor for U.S. Sen. Deborah Stabenow (D-MI), will bring a valuable skill set to the role, and more importantly, will offer a critical inclusive lens to Sen. Warner’s legislative agenda.”
According to Joint Center research, with this hiring, Mr. Kwarteng becomes one of five Black legislative directors in the U.S. Senate.
The Joint Center’s Hill diversity work analyzes staff diversity on the Hill and applauds members of Congress with diverse staffers.
In November, the Joint Center launched its midterm hiring campaign, which includes a microsite featuring interactive tracking tools, reports, an explainer video, coalition letters, and a list of ways concerned citizens and members of Congress can get involved. The microsite allows users to learn how each new and returning member of Congress is faring when it comes to hiring diverse top staff (chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors) in their Washington, DC office. The Joint Center regularly updates tracker data.
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