The returning Republican National Committee chairman is Reince Priebus, a 40-year-old white man. Former Rep. J.C. Watts, one of only 25 African-Americans in history to serve in the House as a Republican, was floated as an alternative. That is going nowhere. The two people responsible for recruiting the next crop of congressional candidates for the party are â€“ you guessed it â€“ middle-aged white men: Sen. Jerry Moran, 58, of Kansas and Rep. Greg Walden, 55, of Oregon.
Every House chairman elected by peers is a middle-aged or older white man. The only chairwoman, Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan, was appointed to the Administration Committee, the panel responsible for keeping the House in order. Itâ€™s like a â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ parody.
The top three elected House leaders, the only ones with real juice and substantial staff, are white men, too.
Senate Republicans were doing slightly better even before Scottâ€™s appointment. The top Republicans on all but two Senate committees are white men â€“ Lisa Murkowski on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Susan Collins on the Special Committee on Aging are the outliers. But Democrats have 16 incoming female senators â€“ four times as many. The elected Republican Senate leadership is all male, all white.
For Republicans, It’s a Deluge of White Guys [Video]
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