Austin, TX — As the Texas Democratic Party continues to gear up for the 2018 election cycle, the state party is set to adopt a hiring policy called the ‘Rooney Rule’ to help build a more diverse staff for democratic campaigns. The policy requires that job openings interview minority candidates, and encourages such candidates to be sought out and considered.
This follows in the footsteps of the recent plans by the Democratic caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives to implement the ‘Rooney Rule’ in filling its own staff positions. [Washington Post, June 14, 2017]
“‘Rooney Rule,’ named for Dan Rooney, the late owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who persuaded the NFL to adopt a policy that requires teams to interview minorities for any head coaching or senior football operations positions.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“We strive to be the party that looks like Texas. Texas Democrats know that our diversity is our strength. Texas’ diverse new majority deserves a government that understands their needs and we cannot achieve that without diverse campaigners.
“To build a modern political organization for all Texans, we need the best talent from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We’re proud to join U.S. House Democrats in adopting the ‘Rooney Rule.’ This is just small step to improve the diversity of campaign and party staff, and much more needs to be done, but every single step is meaningful and necessary.
The Texas Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.
Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.