Pelosi, Jeffries and Meng Joint Statement on Passage of House Democratic Caucus Diversity Rule

July 6, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Chair of the Committee on Caucus Procedures Grace Meng released the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus voted to include a Diversity Rule in the Caucus rules that encourages Members to prioritize diversity and inclusion in hiring practices. 

“House Democrats take great pride in the beautiful diversity of our Caucus, which is more than 60 percent women, people of color and LGBTQ,” said Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Jeffries and Chairwoman Meng.  “One of our Caucus’s top priorities has long been to promote diversity at every level of Congress, so that these halls better reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the American people whom we are privileged to represent.  This Diversity Rule is another key step toward ensuring that our Congressional community will be more inclusive, diverse, open and representative of the full range of voices and values of our communities.”

On opening day of the House Democratic Majority, Democrats voted to establish as part of the Rules Package a permanent House Diversity Initiative, which among other steps, created a new House Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  That office has worked over the past year on several diversity initiatives including the Diversity Rule, which encourages Members of the Caucus to prioritize diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices.