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Almost half of Joe Biden's transition team are people of color and women are in the majority

Almost half of Joe Biden's transition team are people of color and women are in the majority

Joe Biden has promised diversity in his administration, which is a stark contrast when compared to Trump's administration, 71 percent of which was composed of white men in 2016.

Keeping their 46th president in mind, the people of America voted, and the results have led to the Biden-Harris duo currently preparing to take office on January 20, 2021. Helping them take over the White House is a diverse transition team that is supporting them in laying the foundation of their administration.

New diversity data of the transition team revealed that 46 percent of the transition staff are people of color, and more than half, 52% of the staff are women. As for the senior staff, 41% of them are people of color while 53% of the senior staff are women, as reported by CNN.



 

The data also showed that Biden's Covid-19 advisory board had nine people of color in the 13-member committee; five of these members are women.

The diversity of the Biden-Harris transition team shows a sharp contrast when compared to Trump's administration. An analysis by NPR showed that in 2016, 71 percent of Trump's team was composed of white men, as reported by Business Insider. With only 19 percent of women and 19 percent of people of color, Trump's cabinet had the highest percentage of white men employed since Ronald Reagan's administration.

Donald Trump at a roundtable on “Fighting for America’s Seniors” at the Cabinet Room of the White House June 15, 2020. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Doug Mills-Pool)

"For months, the Biden-Harris transition has laid the groundwork for a Biden-Harris administration, and at the core of that work is an unrelenting commitment to diversity," said Ted Kaufman, co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition. "As we continue working full-speed ahead to Inauguration, our diverse group of leaders and staff are reflective of America -- upholding President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris' belief that through diverse voices we can develop and implement a policy vision to tackle our nation's toughest challenges."

A press release also spoke about the choosing of members for the Agency Review Teams (ARTs), which help in the smooth transfer of power from one presidential administration to another. "Of the hundreds of ART members to be announced, more than half are women, and approximately 40 percent represent communities historically underrepresented in the federal government, including people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities," the press release said.



 

During his presidential campaign, Biden spoke about how his administration and cabinet would be diverse and would reflect what America really looks like, which is the opposite of old white men. The president-elect said in the past, as quoted by CBS46, "My administration's going to look like America, not just my staff, the administration from the vice president straight down through Cabinet members to major players within the White House, and the court. It's going to be a reflection of who we are as a nation."

Kamala Harris hugs Joe Biden after introducing him at a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan on March 09, 2020. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Scott Olson)

Even though the General Services Administration have not yet recognized Biden as the election's winner, he is still looking ahead and getting his team ready. According to Business Insider, Biden is still yet to announce all of his cabinet picks but has revealed that his chief of staff for the White House would be Ron Klain, who has been his adviser for a long time and was also his chief of staff when Biden held the title of Vice President during Obama's presidential term.

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