Study Analyzes Diversity of Obama Administration

By Caitlin Taylor

Jun 22, 2009 9:46am

The National Journal looks at the diversity of the Obama administration, beyond the fact that only nine of the 22 officials designated as having Cabinet rank are white men.

The Journal's look at "366 of the president's Decision Makers — people appointed or nominated to senior positions throughout the executive branch — found that white men hold 52 percent of the jobs. But when 49 holdovers from the Bush era are excluded, white guys make up just under half — 49 percent — of the Obama team."

Some other findings:

25 percent of President Obama's Decision Makers worked on his campaign, compared with 34 percent for President Bush;
37 percent worked at a think tank or in academia;
37 percent have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an Ivy League school;
28 percent of Obama's DMs were business executives at some point in their careers, compared with 38 percent of Bush's; and
12 percent served in the military.

Check out the full study HERE


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