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 – you guessed it – 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. It’s like a “Saturday Night Live” 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 Scott’s appointment. The top Republicans on all but two Senate committees are white men – 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 – four times as many. The elected Republican Senate leadership is all male, all white.