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Dashboard: A Look at the Stats Behind the Staffers

• Percentage of House chiefs of staff who performed the role of counsel: 23

• Percentage of House chiefs of staff who also doubled as a lawmaker’s district director: 7

• Average number of years that a House chief of staff has worked in the private sector: 3.7

• Percentage of top House staffers who were recruited from a private-sector organization: 18

• Percentage of House chiefs of staff who left the office of another lawmaker to take their current job: 35

• Number of Senate chiefs of staff who reported attending only some college as their highest level of schooling: 2

• Percentage of chiefs of staff in the Senate who hold a master’s or other professional degree: 46

• Number of Senate offices that report having a chief of staff both in Washington and in the home state: 3

• Percentage of House chiefs of staff who say the Washington office is their primary work location: 89

• Percentage of Senate chiefs of staff who say the Washington office is their primary work location: 80

• Percentage of House chiefs of staff who say they travel regularly between Capitol Hill and the district office: 59

• Percentage of Senate chiefs of staff who say they travel regularly between Capitol Hill and the home state: 47

• Number of Senate chiefs of staff in 2006 who reported holding their position for one year or less: 18

• Number of Senate chiefs of staff in 2006 who reported holding their position for 12 years or more: 5

• Maximum number of full-time staff permitted in a House office: 18

• Average number of staff members in a House office: 15

• Average annual budget in 2007 for a House Member’s office: $1.4 million

• Maximum budget allotted in 2007 for an individual Senator for office and personnel expenses: $4.5 million

Sources: 2006 House and Senate compensation studies, ICF International; Chief Administrative Officer; Secretary of the Senate; Congressional Management Foundation; Compiled by Mark Wegner/GalleryWatch

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