Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are “extremely” underrepresented in elected workplace throughout the nation, in response to a new report from the Reflective Democracy Campaign.
Looking on the present make-up of Congress, solely two of the 100 senators are Asian American or Pacific Islander — Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) — and 15 out of the 435 representatives within the House are AAPI. That’s solely 3.2% of Congress.
With January’s Senate departure of Kamala Harris, who now’s the nation’s first Asian American vp, there are not any Black girls senators.
“Our nation is made stronger when its government looks more like the people it represents,” Duckworth mentioned in a information launch, including that the report “helps demonstrate the woeful lack of AAPI representation in government.”
“I’ll continue working to make sure that everyone in our country has a seat at the table,” the senator added.
Even although the AAPI neighborhood is likely one of the quickest rising demographic teams within the U.S., it’s the least represented in elected workplace, in response to the report. Asian Americans are underrepresented amongst political leaders by an element of -85% relative to their inhabitants. By comparability, white Americans are overrepresented in elected workplace by an element of +46%.
The report comes out amid an increase in anti-Asian racism and violence over the previous 12 months.
Last month, President Joe Biden appointed Erika Moritsugu as a senior liaison to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, to direct the administration’s outreach to these communities.
The high-level appointment got here after Duckworth and Hirono criticized the shortage of Asian Americans in senior roles within the Biden administration, threatening to dam Biden’s nominees. They later backed down after receiving assurances from the White House.
Harris and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai are presently the one Asian Americans in Biden’s Cabinet.
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