Thirty-eight percent of the staff members for Senate Democrats identify as non-Caucasian — up from 35% in 2020, according to new data released by the caucus.
By the numbers: Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have the least-white staff teams, with about identifying as Asian American/Pacific Islander and nearly a quarter as Native American.
- It reflects the state Schatz and Hirono represent, which is 48% Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, according to census data.
- Two freshmen senators — Sens. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)— come in third and fourth for staffs with the most people of color, and most senators in the top 10 are people of color themselves.
- Some 14% of Democratic Senate staffers identify as LGBTQ, according to the same data.
What they're saying: “Senate Democrats understand the importance of hiring staff that reflect the increasing diversity of the communities we represent," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
- "We’ve made some significant progress this past year, but much work remains to increase congressional staff diversity and ensure that every voice is heard and adequately represented in the halls of Congress."
- Schumer has now published data on the racial and ethnic makeup of senatorial staffers five years in a row.
- Republicans do not publish any similar data.