Hill Diversity


Joint Center’s Don Bell Writes on Capitol Hill Pay Inequity

On June 6, 2018, Black Talent Initiative Director Don Bell published an op-ed in The Hill to discuss pay inequity on Capitol Hill after LegiStorm data showed that white staffers in the Senate earned $7,000 more than black staffers on average.

“The insights provided by LegiStorm confirm that our Congress — ostensibly our most democratic branch of government — is in crisis in more ways than one. Not only are our legislative offices failing to actively recruit, hire and promote qualified people of color, they are failing to fairly value the experience and service of their very own staffers of color, who are some of the most talented public servants our nation has to offer. It’s an institutional failure.”

You can read the full piece here.

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.