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House Democrats’ New Elected Leadership Team Is More Progressive and Diverse
On average, new leadership team is also younger in terms of age and length of service

The incoming House Democratic leadership team poses for a group photo in the Rayburn Room in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Front row, from left: Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. Back row, from left: Joe Neguse, D-Colo., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., David Cicilline, D-R.I., Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Katie Hill, D-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The newly elected House Democratic leadership team for the 116th Congress will be more progressive, diverse and younger in terms of both age and length of service compared to the current one. 

That should generally please Democrats who called for changes in their leadership team, despite the top three long-reigning leaders remaining in charge. 

Reporter's Notebook: Democratic Senators Seeking Re-Election Have Less Diverse Staffs
 

Roll Call data reporter Sean McMinn looks at the numbers released by Senate Democrats on the racial breakdown of their staffs.

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Thom Tillis Appoints New Legislative Director
Courtney Temple is one of the Senate’s few African-American senior staffers

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced the promotion Sunday of one of the few senior African-American staffers in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has appointed a new legislative director, who will be one of the few African-American senior staffers in the Senate.

Courtney Temple will lead Tillis’ legislative team after she was promoted from legislative assistant to director on Monday. She replaces Katy Talento, who will join President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council, focusing on healthcare policy. 

Schumer Backs Senate Staff Diversity Effort
Unclear if resolution will be taken up on the floor

Schumer is the incoming minority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The next Senate Minority Leader is backing a measure to establish a permanent office focused on boosting staff diversity in the next Congress.

New York Democrat Charles E. Schumer supports a resolution that the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus recommended to Senate offices last month. It would establish a nonpartisan office to assist in developing and implementing plans to diversify the ranks of Senate aides.

Senate Staff Diversity Efforts Turn to New Congress
While lawmakers are more diverse, their staffs are not

Senate staffers work in the Hart Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate is about to become more diverse with a new crop of senators, but staffers who work behind the scenes are clamoring for more diversity in their own ranks.

For current and former staffers, the start of a new Congress is a unique moment to bring varied perspectives to Senate offices where staffers advise their bosses and play a role in shaping policy.