This picture captures it best. In the next session of Congress, 20 men will have a leadership gavel. One woman -- House Administration Committee Chair Candice Miller (MI) -- will.
While much has been made about the addition of non-white faces like Rep. elect Mia Love (Utah), Will Hurd (Texas) and younger members like Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) the fact remains that the uppermost levels of the Republican party in the House and in the Senate remain overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly male. A few historic, elections can't change that.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Emily Bittner had this to say in a statement: "With a leadership team that looks like an episode of Mad Men, we can expect House Republicans will continue their assault on women’s health and continue to block economic progress for women on issues like equal pay."
Now, it's important to remember that the number of people who know the names, genders or races of the people chairing House committees could fit in a moderately sized living room. Yes, Democrats are smart to make a major fuss about the lack of diversity among the men (and woman) with their hands on the levers of power in the House, but it's a mistake to assume that the average voter or person is dialed into this issue -- or will even remember it in a week's time.
Still, Republican strategists and some of their top politicians -- including several who will fill out the party's presidential ranks in 2016 -- have made clear that it's extremely important for their party (and its leadership) to look more like America than it currently does. Continuing to put almost exclusively older white males in prominent positions in Congress doesn't help that process.