Lawmakers to Biden: "Step it up" on cabinet diversity

They want more representation, particularly in the Cabinet. And after Rep. Jim Clyburn, the most senior Black member of Congress and a key Biden ally, spoke out last week about the need for more diversity in Biden’s burgeoning administration, more Black, Latino and Asian American lawmakers are joining the chorus.

“We’re very, very concerned as a community, as a Latino community,” said Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who called last week for at least five Latinos to be appointed to Cabinet-level positions.

Asian American and Pacific Islander advocates and officials are warning the Biden administration, in writing, it will be “deeply disappointing if several AAPIs are not nominated” to Cabinet positions. They’re growing increasingly convinced the president-elect will not match President Barack Obama’s total of three Asian Americans in his first Cabinet.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Black Caucus is urging Biden to choose a Black Defense secretary and up the number of African Americans leading departments overall.