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 HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (D-Calif.) and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzCongress should lift the ban on medical cannabis access for military veterans Booker introduces bill banning facial recognition tech in public housing Senate Democrat: Colleague was working on fantasy football trade instead of listening to Schumer 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 BookerOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent MORE (N.J.), whose staff is 61 percent non-white.

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Sens. Angus KingAngus KingOvernight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows by six members Senators fear Syria damage 'irreversible' after Esper, Milley briefing MORE (Maine) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Overnight Defense: Top diplomat changes testimony to indicate quid pro quo | Dem offers measure on Turkish human rights abuses in Syria | Warren offers plan to address veteran suicide rates Manchin says he wouldn't back Sanders against Trump in presidential race 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 BennetPress: Another billionaire need not apply Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows MORE (Colo.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Federal court rules baseless searches of travelers' devices unconstitutional NBA's Enes Kanter speaks out against Erdoğan ahead of White House visit 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 MastoHouse and Senate Dems implore McConnell to sign DACA legislation to protect 'Dreamers' Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid Former state senator gets DSCC endorsement in North Carolina Senate race 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.