Reporter's Notebook: Democratic Senators Seeking Re-Election Have Less Diverse Staffs

Roll Call data reporter Sean McMinn looks at the numbers released by Senate Democrats on the racial breakdown of their staffs.

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Thom Tillis Appoints New Legislative Director
Courtney Temple is one of the Senate’s few African-American senior staffers

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced the promotion Sunday of one of the few senior African-American staffers in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has appointed a new legislative director, who will be one of the few African-American senior staffers in the Senate.

Courtney Temple will lead Tillis’ legislative team after she was promoted from legislative assistant to director on Monday. She replaces Katy Talento, who will join President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council, focusing on healthcare policy. 

Schumer Backs Senate Staff Diversity Effort
Unclear if resolution will be taken up on the floor

Schumer is the incoming minority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The next Senate Minority Leader is backing a measure to establish a permanent office focused on boosting staff diversity in the next Congress.

New York Democrat Charles E. Schumer supports a resolution that the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus recommended to Senate offices last month. It would establish a nonpartisan office to assist in developing and implementing plans to diversify the ranks of Senate aides.

Senate Staff Diversity Efforts Turn to New Congress
While lawmakers are more diverse, their staffs are not

Senate staffers work in the Hart Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate is about to become more diverse with a new crop of senators, but staffers who work behind the scenes are clamoring for more diversity in their own ranks.

For current and former staffers, the start of a new Congress is a unique moment to bring varied perspectives to Senate offices where staffers advise their bosses and play a role in shaping policy. 

Black Senate Staffers Push for More Diversity
Staffers sent recommendations to every Senate office

African-American staffers are encouraging Senate offices to diversify. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A group of African-American Senate staffers are pushing lawmakers to increase diversity in their offices as they prepare for the next Congress.

The Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus sent a letter and a document of recommendations to Senate leaders and every Senate office Tuesday evening.

Ep. 28: Assured Freshmen Will Boost House Diversity
The Big Story

Long before the polls close, 29 nominees for open seats are all but certain to win and they could end up as half or more of the House’s Class of 2016. CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim examine the newcomers and explain how demographics assure more diversity on Capitol Hill next year.