Harris, Schatz have highest percentage of non-white staff among Senate Democrats

Harris, Schatz have highest percentage of non-white staff among Senate Democrats
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Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE (D-Calif.) and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Warren introduces bill targeted at food insecurity on college campuses On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses MORE (D-Hawaii) have the most racially diverse staffs among all Senate Democrats, according to data released by the party Wednesday.

Seventy percent of Harris’s staff and 69 percent of Schatz’s staff identifies as non-Caucasian. They are followed by Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Cory Booker talks about 'geeking out' over Rosario Dawson's Marvel role Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals MORE (N.J.), whose staff is 61 percent non-white.


Sens. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Senate panel advances Pentagon chief, Joint Chiefs chairman nominees Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey MORE (Maine) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives MORE (Mont.) have the least racially diverse staffs, with each team being 95 percent white. Both their home states are overwhelmingly Caucasian.

Middle Eastern or North African and Native American, Hawaiian or Alaskan staffers are the least-represented demographics among Senate Democratic offices, with 18 senators having no Middle Eastern or North African staffers and 26 having no Native American, Hawaiian or Alaskan staffers.

Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (Colo.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenTech critics on both sides have it wrong: Section 230 is not a special privilege Democrat: Treasury 'acknowledged the unprecedented process' in Trump tax return rejection Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (Ore.) have the most women on their staff proportionally, with 68 percent of each of their teams identifying as female. Only 10 Democrats out of 47 have staffs that are at least half male.

Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: They 'broke journalism,' 'helped incite a genocide' MORE (Nev.) has the most representation of the LGBTQ community among her staff at 24 percent.

Democrats have put a premium on emphasizing diversity as the party's base demands increased minority representation in politics. 

The Democrats’ Diversity Initiative first started collecting Senate data in 2017.