On February 15, we joined about a dozen other organizations signing onto letters sent by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies to Senator Menendez, recently reinstated as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Cardin, recently appointed Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
The letters urge the Senators to:
- Apply the Rooney Rule and interview at least one person of color for their staff director and general counsel roles;
- Commit to hiring diverse candidates throughout their offices to ensure that the demographics of their offices reflect the demographics of their constituents; and
- Commit to hiring at least one person of color for their staff director or general counsel position.