Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs

Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs
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New data released by Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFirst Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote The bizarre back story of the filibuster MORE (D-N.Y.) finds that seven Democratic senators have an office in which more than 50 percent of the staffers identify as “non-Caucasian.”

The figures are one higher than last year, according to a report by NBC News.

The data released Wednesday shows that Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerAmazon manager sues company over racial discrimination, harassment allegations Obama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' MORE (D-N.J.) had the most diverse staff. About 24 percent of his staffers are Latino, while 33 percent are Black. 


In Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Little known Senate referee to play major role on Biden relief plan Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes bill to lift rule putting major financial burden on USPS MORE's (D-Hawaii) office, 45 percent of staffers identify as Asian or Pacific Islander and 19 percent as Native American.

Forty senators have a majority-white staff.

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Biden CIA pick pledges to confront China if confirmed, speak 'truth to power' Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack MORE (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, has 8 percent non-Caucasian staff, according to the data. However, King’s staff is slightly more diverse than his state, which is 94.48 percent white.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyFirst Black secretary of Senate sworn in Press: The big loser: The Republican Party Senate acquits Trump in 57-43 vote MORE (D-Vt.) has a 9 percent nonwhite staff, while his state is 94.33 percent white.

The data showed that most Democratic senators’ staffs were majority women.


The only Democratic senators with a staff under 50 percent women were King, with 46 percent; Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.), with 44 percent; Schatz with 48 percent; and Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedCORRECTED: Overnight Defense: COVID-19 stymies effort to study sexual assault at military academies | Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi report Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video Senate Armed Services chair expects 'some extension' of troops in Afghanistan MORE (D-R.I.), with 39 percent.

Only one committee, meanwhile, has 50 percent or more nonwhite Democratic staff, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Eighty-three percent of Democratic staffers on that panel do not identify as white.

The least diverse Democratic staff was on the Senate Finance Committee, where 3 percent of Democratic staffers were nonwhite. 

“As our country confronts some of the most difficult and unique challenges in recent decades, the need for Congress to present a diversity of ideas and solutions has never been clearer,” Schumer told NBC News in an email.

“Senate Democrats know that when our staff reflects the range of perspectives and experiences of the people we represent, we can better serve American families and keep our democracy strong," he added. "Our differences when it comes to race, gender identity, geographic location, ability and more should be celebrated and keep us striving toward ensuring the most diverse congressional staff possible."

Schumer’s staff is 45 percent nonwhite, according to the data.