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House members are more diverse, but does the same go for staff?
Roughly 40 percent of new House members have hired a top staffer of color

Staffers for Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., pose in her office. Haaland pledged during her campaign that she would hire a diverse group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

More women and people of color are serving in the House than ever before. And at least one office has fueled hopes of that diversity extending to congressional staffers.

New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland announced earlier this month that she had assembled a majority-minority team, fulfilling a campaign promise to hire a diverse staff.

Former Rep. Mike Honda Joins California PAC
“Red to Blue California” PAC aims to flip Golden State House seats

California Rep. Michael M. Honda lost his bid for re-election last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Michael M. Honda is the new chairman of the “Red to Blue California” political action committee, which is focused on unseating House Republicans in the Golden State.

The California Democrat, who served eight terms in the House, will serve in an advisory role and as a surrogate for the PAC, which aims to pick up seven GOP seats that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried last fall.

Obama Alumni Jump Into Congressional Races Across the Country
Many motivated by Trump’s election and desire to move ex-boss’ policies forward

Democrat Sam Jammal is challenging California Rep. Ed Royce in the 39th District. (Sam Jammal for Congress Facebook page)

Alumni of the Obama administration are heeding their former boss’ call to get in the game themselves and run for office in response the election of President Donald Trump and to continue what the former president started.

Sam Jammal, an Obama appointee in the Commerce Department who is running in California’s 39th District against Republican Rep. Ed Royce, said he was heeding those words.

Khanna Unseats Honda in California's 17th District
All-Democratic race was a rematch from 2014

Ro Khanna also challenged fellow Democrat Mike Honda in 2014. (CQ Roll Call file photo)


Democrat Ro Khanna will defeat Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda in California’s 17th District, The Associated Press projects.

California Delegates Boo Speakers at Convention Breakfast
Jeers for Pelosi, cheers for Sanders in ominous opening for DNC

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the boos from Bernie Sanders' supporters at the California delegation breakfast in Philadelphia on Monday in her stride. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Democratic discontent with Hillary Clinton was on full display at the California delegation breakfast Monday morning ahead of the first night of the Democratic National Convention.  

Members of the delegation repeatedly disrupted the lineup of speakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with protestations against Clinton and cheers for her erstwhile primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.  

Sikh American Interns Share 'Langar on the Hill'
'Heads covered, shoes off' at annual shared meal for Hill denizens

Langar was established by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, to have communities come together and enjoy a simple meal. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

The Kennedy Caucus Room was a different event space than the usual historical Senate meeting room on Wednesday evening.  

White cloth covered the ground of the room, and upon entering, guests were asked to do two things: cover their heads and remove their shoes.  

The Idea That Kept America Watching the Sit-In
California Rep. Scott Peters used Periscope for the first time on Wednesday

California Rep. Scott Peters takes a picture in the Longworth House Office Building with 10th graders from Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif., in April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Five House Candidates Favored by Financiers
OpenSecret's 'Fab Five' got their biggest contributions from Wall Street

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton was the top House incumbent on CRP's list of candidates whose donations from Wall Street were at least twice as much as their next biggest donor group. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two hopefuls top the list of House candidates who have gotten their biggest contributions this cycle from the securities and investment industries, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reports.  

An investigation by OpenSecrets.org reporter Will Tucker found five House candidates have received at least twice as much in contributions from Wall Street as their next highest donor industry.   

‘14 Losers Looking for Second Chance in ‘16
A dozen House candidates hoping to turn narrow losses into future victories

Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider is running against Rep. Robert Dold to reclaim his old seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In sports and in politics, losing by a little can be harder than losing by a lot. At least a dozen 2016 candidates are hoping that their close calls in 2014 were more than a mirage of a missed opportunity.  

California Republican Paul Chabot could barely get national GOP strategists to acknowledge his existence last cycle when he lost to Democrat Pete Aguilar, 52-48 percent, in the 31st District open-seat race.