Hill Diversity Highlights

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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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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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 President Appears on Comcast Newsmakers

Joint Center President Spencer Overton appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss congressional staff diversity. During the interview, Spencer noted that the lack of diversity among top staff “is problematic because we need Congress and the staff to reflect the United States as a whole.” He also points out that nepotism and unpaid internships as some of the reasons for…

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Marketplace Interviews Joint Center President on Congressional Staff Diversity

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined Marketplace to discuss our efforts to increase congressional staff diversity. During the interview, Spencer emphasized the importance of feeder positions and why the Joint Center is focused on top staffers in the wake of infrastructure and data privacy issues. Listen to Spencer’s interview below. The full episode can be…

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Joint Center Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Tool to Track Diversity of Top Staff Hired by Newly-Elected Members of Congress

The Joint Center released the following press release on its new tool to track newly-hired top staff in Congress. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2018 Contact: press@jointcenter.org Joint Center Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Tool to Track Diversity of Top Staff Hired by Newly-Elected Members of Congress WASHINGTON – Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies…

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Newly-Hired Top Staff of Color by Returning Members

The charts below include data on top staff of color (chiefs of staff, legislative directors, communications directors, and full committee staff directors) hired by returning Members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate (those who served in the 115th Congress and will serve in the 116th Congress) since November 2018. To see racial diversity data…

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Joint Center Tracker of Racial Diversity of Top Staff Hires in 116th Congress

The charts below include racial diversity data on top staff (chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors) hired by newly-elected Members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate for the 116th Congress. The top staff in this table were offered and accepted staff positions by the newly-elected Members for the 116th Congress, which started…

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