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 HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzSenate Democrats accuse administration of burying climate change reports Zuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Whistleblower complaint concerns Trump talk with foreign leader: report 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 Booker2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (N.J.), whose staff is 61 percent non-white.

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Sens. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year MORE (Maine) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocratic senators quietly hope Biden wins over rivals GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment 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 BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Bennet: 'This generation has a lot to be really angry at us about' MORE (Colo.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Microsoft to provide free updates for voting systems running Windows 7 through 2020 Interior watchdog investigating political appointees' review of FOIA requests 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 MastoMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Female Democratic Senate candidates in Colorado ask DSCC to rescind Hickenlooper endorsement Democrats press Trump Treasury picks on donor disclosure guidelines 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.