Oct 19, 2018 - Politics & Policy

A Speaker Pelosi would break diversity record

Data: Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
Data: Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi likes to say that “beauty is in the mix," arguing that diverse viewpoints lead to a better debate and stronger policy outcomes. 

Why it matters: If Dems win back the House in November's midterms, as expected, Pelosi will usher in the most diverse leadership team (in either chamber) in the history of Congress.

  • Half of the 22 committee chairs would be women or minorities — or both.

The chart above shows the projected chairs. In most cases, it's the ranking member (top Democrat) of the current committee; Pelosi has said all of those members are expected to move up.

  • In the case of retirements (two), this chart shows the next member in seniority, who is expected to get the job.

What a change this would be: The current Republican chairs are all white, with two women.

  • House Dems are now 41% white male, which is sure to fall in the next Congress, with November's record lineup of Democratic nominees.

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