Mar 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy
House staffer turnover hit decades high in 2021
Offices for members of the House of Representatives had a higher rate of staff turnover last year than in decades, according to new data crunched by LegiStorm.
Why it matters: After a pandemic, fraught election year and attack on the Capitol, there's evidence House offices are feeling some of the same kind of worker challenges as the private sector.
By the numbers: Overall, Democrats had a harder time keeping staff than Republicans, according to LegiStorm.
- But staffs for former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and a fellow Republican, Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), had the two highest turnover rates in the House last year.
Between the lines: The metric used by LegiStorm to track turnover takes into account staff position salary levels — lending more weight to higher-paid roles like chief of staff than lower-paid assistants, for example.
- A "1" would mean an average of 100% of the staff in a House office departed at some point during a specific year.
- On average for 2021, House offices had to find replacements for roles that made up 28% of total staff salaries — up from 18% the year before, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The data excludes part-time staffers, interns and fellows.