Dear Colleague to All Members on the Speaker's New Pay Order

August 12, 2021
Press Release

Dear Colleague,

A key priority for strengthening the Congress so that it can best serve the American people is ensuring that our offices and Committees have access to the best talent in America.  

As Speaker, I have been proud to take steps to ensure a diversity of experience and talent among staff, so that the halls of Congress, at every level, truly reflect those who we are honored to serve.

To that end, today, it is my privilege to announce an important new reform for our institution: raising the maximum annual rate of pay for staff to $199,300.  This order will help the Congress recruit and retain the outstanding and diverse talent that we need, as it also helps ensure parity between employees of the House of Representatives and other employees of the Federal Government.  

This important action follows steps taken over the last two Congress to make the House more inclusive, open, and representative of the full range of voices and values of our communities.  These steps include establishing the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion and taking action to establish the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  

The decision to raise the maximum annual rate of pay was recommended by the Chair of the Committee on House Administration Zoe Lofgren.  Furthermore, it builds on the work of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which under Chairman Derek Kilmer, has carefully reviewed and held hearings on this issue and related matters.  

Thank you for your commitment to serving the American people.

NANCY PELOSI

Speaker of the House