Capitol Hill interns posed for this selfie with Speaker Paul Ryan. The lack of diversity among interns has an impact on the composition of congressional staff and top staff, who make decisions that shape our nation as a whole. This video is based on the Joint Center's report on Racial Diversity Among Top Senate Staff. We found that although African Americans, AAPIs, Latinos, and Native Americans make up 36% of the U.S. population, they only make up 7% of top Senate staff (African Americans make up 1%, and Latinos 2%). This is an issue for both Democrats and Republicans.
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