The charts include racial diversity data on top staff hired by new and returning members of the U.S. House for the 118th Congress. The top staff in this table were offered and accepted staff positions by the new members for the 118th Congress which starts on January 3, 2023.
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The data for new House members was last updated on Jan. 24, 2023. The data for returning members was last updated on Jan. 24, 2023.
The Joint Center’s October 2022 report found that people of color account for 40 percent of the U.S. population, but only 18 percent of U.S. House top staff (chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors in the Washington, D.C. personal offices; chiefs of staff, policy directors, and communications directors in the top leadership offices of each political party; and staff directors assigned to full committees).