Democrats Dominate Top 50 House Members On Staff Spending; Check Out Major Position Average$

Democrats occupy 21 of the top 25 and 35 of the top 50 slots in a ranking of how much each member of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress has spent through the first quarter of 2020 on salaries for staff members, according to data compiled by Legistorm.

Chart by Legistorm.

Rep. Ted Deutsch (D-Fla.) ranks number one in the ranking. Deutsch has spent $336,511 on 17 staff members, representing 87.4 percent of his total available office budget. The House average is 82.8 percent.

Deutsch has a seven-member staff in his D.C. office, with an additional nine working in three offices in his Florida district.

The highest ranking Republican member in the House is Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois in the 11th slot. Former Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) ranks second overall but resigned his seat earlier this year after pleading guilty to campaign spending violations.

Shimkus spent $280,721, or 91.5 percent of his available office budget funds. The Illinois Republican has a small D.C. staff with six full-time members and a total of 14 overall.

In terms of positions, the House average for chiefs of staff is $150,412, compared to $90,247 for district directors. Legislative directors make on average $83,138, while communications directors are paid $71,863.

Average pay in the House for other staff positions include $62,170 for casework directors, $50,137 for schedulers and $40,509 for legislative correspendents.

Overall, the median average salary for staff working for House Democrats is $53,736 and $53,229 for Republicans.

Author: Mark Tapscott

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