Why It Matters
An increase in diversity among top staff would allow members to more effectively represent their constituents. The perspectives and leadership from racially diverse senior staff will be particularly essential to dismantling structural inequality in Congress.
Top personal office staff and top committee staff in Washington, D.C. influence lawmaking, spending, and staffing by:
Overseeing federal agencies with over 3.6 million employees
Shaping the $6.011 trillion U.S. federal budget
Providing input into confirmation of federal judges and agency appointees
Hiring, managing, and dismissing congressional staff
What can be done?