Racial representation: A solution to inequality in the People’s House

By | May 11, 2017

The lack of racial representation in the U.S. Congress has gained widespread public attention in recent years.

In 2015, I conducted the first racial census of the legislative workforce in more than a decade. Examining the backgrounds of top staffers in the U.S. Senate, I found people of color occupied only 7 percent of important positions like chiefs of staff and committee staff directors, despite being more than one-third of the American population.

Since then, there has been additional coverage on the lack of racial representation among legislative interns, as well as across many positions in the Senate. As Senate minority leader, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York has become an outspoken advocate for diversity in the Senate workplace as this controversy widens. He has built on the successful work of his predecessor, Harry Reid, by continuing the Senate Diversity Initiative, and called for the implementation of the Rooney Rule to increase racial representation. (The Hill)

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