Reaching a Diverse Congress
Embrace the Change
The 116th Congress broke records for the number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ members sworn into office. Not only is the new Congress more diverse on the whole, members from diverse background are reaching new heights of influence and ascending to top leadership positions. Shifting congressional demographics present a critical opportunity for businesses and non-profits to form alliances and highlight accomplishments before a growing bloc of leaders. As a Latina-founded firm, Ferox brings unrivaled relationships, expertise, and experience with diversity-focused members of Congress and allies. We help clients build relationships with the new members, garner support from members in leadership, and embrace an ever-diversifying Congress. How has Congress changed? Consider the following:
- More than half of the new House Democratic majority are members of color. This includes more than a third of the newly-elected freshmen
- The Tri-Caucus (made up of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus) is the House's most powerful voting bloc. Each group within the Tri-Caucus achieved record membership in the 116th Congress, and Tri-Caucus members hold eight committee chairmanships and the #3, #4, and #5 leadership slots in the House Democratic conference.
- 127 women are serving in the 116th Congress: 102 in the House and 25 in the Senate. This Congress welcomed the first Native American women, first Muslim women, and the youngest women ever elected.
- 16 Republican members of color serve in both chambers of Congress. Republican members also tout growing diversity among their senior staff.
Develop a Strategy Fit for Now
Ferox boasts more than 15 years of experience in diversity-focused outreach, and we proudly offer our clients reach with diverse legislators and multi-cultural-focused third parties. Our Principals boast a series of leadership positions with diverse organizations including former Interim President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, founding member and former President of the Hispanic Lobbying Association, member of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and more. In addition, Ferox leadership is part of an influential Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee group that focuses on diversity in the Senate. Ferox’s roster of satisfied clients demonstrates our reach and value in this field. Our current and recent clients and partnerships include the following:
- #MostDiverseCongressEver, a widely-attended event to kick off the 116th Congress hosted by Ferox and diverse lobbying associations. We recruited sponsors from across industries and secured attendance by members of Congress spanning the Tri-Caucus.
- UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. Our team collaborated with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and allied non-profits to oppose nutrition aid cuts impacting Latino households.
- AIPACS, the Congressional Asian Pacific Islanders Caucus’ non-profit arm. Ferox worked with President & CEO Madalene Mielke to host events and emphasize the importance of diversity in politics
- Distilled spirits producer Diageo. Ferox represents Diageo before the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus regarding production facilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands
- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a non-partisan pro-business organization representing more than 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce. Our team recruited Democratic Tri-Caucus members and Latino Republican members of Congress to participate in the annual Legislative Summit, Hill Day, and Gala.