For Immediate Release
December 12, 2016
CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Calls For Increased Congressional Staff Diversity
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, CBC
Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement in
response to a recent report detailing the lack of diversity among staff in the U.S. Senate.
“Recent news reports highlighting a study conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic
Studies on the lack of diversity in senior U.S. Senate staff positions reflect a longstanding injustice that
keeps the workforce of the United States Congress lacking the diversity of our country.
“The near complete absence of African American senior staff in personal and committee offices in the
Senate is not reflective of the inclusiveness ideals of our government, and of our country. The CBC has
long championed African American inclusion in all industries, and launched CBC TECH 2020 last year to
promote diversity in the technology industry. But the fact that the United States Congress, an institution
that was created to represent all people, still has not taken meaningful steps to increase diversity is
disappointing and requires an immediate remedy.
“There are talented African Americans ready, willing, and able to take leadership roles in the United
States Senate and in the House. There are plenty of offices hiring, on both sides of the aisle, and in both
chambers, where Senators and Representatives can hire talented African American candidates. Yet, from
our records, with the start of the next Congress, the Senate is poised to have one African American Senate
Chief of Staff and no African American staff directors if immediate action is not taken.
“We have made progress in the diversity of the officials we elect to Congress, but the lack of senior
African American staff within these offices is alarming. The CBC does not accept the excuses of tech
companies for their lack of diversity, nor shall we accept excuses from others on an issue so critical.
The United States Congress must lead by example. We call on our colleagues to increase the diversity on
their staff and stand ready to help them source skilled and qualified candidates for these senior roles.”
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Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together
to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years,
the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and
has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States
government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov.
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