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March 9, 2010

STATS FROM THE WHITE GUYS' CLUB

The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association has found that hispanics make up less than three percent of chiefs of staff and legislative directors on the House side. In the Senate "only about 6 percent of the 4,100 U.S. Senate employees were people of color, which includes African-American, Asian and latino staff." In the rest of American they represent about 30% of the population.

As for the members themselves, for all the talk of moving into a post-racial election, when Senator Burris disappears there will likely be no blacks in the Senate. There are currently only three latinos. The Senate remains the most segregated place in the federal government. We have argued for decades for the creation of more, and particularly more urban, states but there is little interest in this and, besides, it was so much more fun talking about how Obama's election had changed America.

Nine percent of the House is black and six percent latino.

Women represent 17% of both the House and the Senate.


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