Harder's Staff One of the Most Diverse in Congress
Today, Rep. Josh Harder announced his staff has been named one of the most diverse of the 116th Congress.
“From the start, I set a goal to build a team that could best serve Central Valley families—and to do that, I need a team who reflects the values, attitudes, and makeup of our community,” said Harder. “In order to best serve our communities, we need people on our team who reflect the culturally diverse roots of the Central Valley. I am confident our A-plus team will deliver exceptional services for our district.”
California’s Tenth Congressional District is one of the most diverse districts in the country, with a minority population of 55%, including 44% of which are Latino. To serve the needs of his district, over half of Harder’s team is comprised of people of color and over half of them speak two or more languages—including Spanish, Assyrian and Mandarin.
Harder’s commitment to staff diversity comes at a time when Congressional offices trail the nation in diversity. While nearly 40 percent of the country is non-white, just 14 percent of top staff members in the House of Representatives were people of color in 2018.
Harder’s staff, however, breaks that trend: out of nearly 100 new members of Congress, his office ranks second in diversity among the senior staff. Eighty five percent of his staff are women, including three of his most senior staffers: Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and District Director.
HARDER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BY THE NUMBERS:
- Eighty-five percent of Rep. Harder’s staff are women, including his Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and District Director.
- Over half of Rep. Harder’s team are people of color.
- Over half of Rep. Harder’s staff is bilingual, with five languages represented including Spanish, Mandarin, and Assyrian.
- Forty-Six percent of Rep. Harder’s team is either an immigrant or first-generation American.
- All of Rep. Harder’s district staff is from the Central Valley.