Democrats push Biden to diversify State Department

Democrats push Biden to diversify State Department

House Democrats are encouraging President-elect Joe Biden to diversify the State Department, citing the need for foreign ambassadors to reflect the demographics of the country.

Reps. Joaquin Castro and Veronica Escobar wrote to Antony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, that there are “grave disparities in racial and ethnic minority representation in the Foreign Service,” according to Axios.

The Washington Examiner requested a copy of the letter.

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“People are policy — and the diplomats who represent the United States to the world should reflect the diversity of the American people,” Castro wrote.

The Texas Democrat has long sought more diversity efforts at the State Department.

In December, Castro helped introduce legislation that would increase accountability for retaining and promoting a diverse diplomatic workforce. The bill requested that a “substantial” number of women and minorities be appointed to the Foreign Service Board of Examiners and the Foreign Service Selection Boards and that it mandate diversity and inclusion

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