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Diverse Staff Hires on Capitol Hill Slow Down

Diverse Staff Hires on Capitol Hill Slow Down

Despite being the most diverse Congress the country has ever seen, the hiring of diverse staff on Capitol Hill is still going slow. So far, only 26.1% of all top staffers hired by newly elected House members are people of color. Meanwhile, newly elected Senators had yet to hire any top staff of color with the exception of Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), raising the percentage of top staff hires of color in the Senate to 7.7%, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. A September 2018 report from the think tank found that while people of color account for 38% of the U.S. population, they only account for 13.7% of House top staffers. Among House Democrats, from December 25th to January 7th, people of color accounted for 26.3%of top staff new hires, which falls below their diverse hiring from November 7th to December 24th (43.8%). Hence, people of color account for 34.5% of top staff hired by newly elected House Democrats. For House Republicans, from December 25th to January 7th, people of color accounted for 5.6% of top staff new hires, which is lower than the percentage of their diverse hiring from November 7th to December 24th (6.3%). As a result, people of color account for 5.9% of top staff hired by newly-elected House Republicans. In the upper chamber, people of color accounted for 7.7% of top staff hired by newly elected U.S. Senators (1 of 13 hires). Keep up via the Joint Center’s live tracker here.

Oprah to Interview Beto O’Rourke

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Touré Accused of Sexual Harassment, Responds to Accuser

Touré Accused of Sexual Harassment, Responds to Accuser