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.

Joint Center President Spencer Overton appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss diversity on the Hill with Roland Martin.

The Joint Center sent letters to Senators-Elect: Jacky Rosen (D-NC), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) urging them to hire diverse top staff and key mid-level staff as they build their offices.

On November 28, the Joint Center released the following statement in the wake up of Leader Pelosi's nomination to be Speaker of the House. The letter was sent to Leader Pelosi on November 8.

On November 8, the Joint Center sent Leader Pelosi a letter urging her to prioritize hiring diverse top and key mid-level staffers in the Hou

On November 27, the Joint Center sent each of the 100 newly-elected Members of Congress all of our reports on congressional staff diversity. The e-mail correspondence from the Joint Center's Senior Advisor, Lauren Williams, can be found below:

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies today released detailed reports on the troubling lack of racial diversity among the 167 top staff in the Washington, DC offices of six congressional delegations – Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.