Black voters have saved Alabama.
After beating out Alabama’s former Chief of Justice of the Supreme Court Roy Moore with the help of African-American voters, it was only right for newly-elected Senator of Alabama Doug Jones to hire a Black person to become his chief of staff.
— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) January 2, 2018
The announcement was made on Tuesday that politician Dana Gresham has garnered the position, which means that Jones is the only Democratic Senator to have a Black chief of staff, according to The Hill.
In 2016, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reported that only five percent of all Senate members are Black. On the Republican side, there are only two Black chiefs of staff and they currently serve under South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Kansas Senator Jerry Moran.
“Hiring at least one person of color to your senior staff in Washington would speak loudly, and we ask that you do so among the qualified applicants that you will receive. The lack of diversity among top Senate staff is not caused by a complete absence of strong candidates of color,” 17 groups wrote in a letter to Jones, according to the Washington Post
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Gresham is a Georgetown University alum and led the Department of Transportation for eight years in legislative affairs under the Barack Obama administration. He also held supervising positions for Congress members and worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years, according to The Hill.
Gresham is set to be sworn before the end of this week.