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Latino Daily News

Tuesday November 30, 2010

No Surprise Here:  Republican Congressmen Hire Few Hispanics Staffers

Studies by the University of Texas and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, not to much surprise, have disclosed that the Republican Party (GOP) is lagging being in hiring Hispanic staffers and there are few in key leadership positions like Chief of Staff. 

A 2009 study of Hispanics working in Congress show a majority working as schedulers, followed by staff assistants, which are viewed as low-level entry positions.

The hiring of few Hispanics is not likely to change with the upcoming 112th congressional session.  It appears that conservative Republicans versus their moderate Republican counterparts hired even fewer Hispanics.  This upcoming session will put the Republicans house members in the majority.

Currently Hispanics make up only 7% of congressional staff while Hispanics make up 16% of the general population.  A call for a diversity initiative that will recruit Hispanics is being called for and it remains to be seen what the incoming Republican leadership will do.