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Are Blumenthal, Esty Among the “Worst Bosses” in Congress?

March 22, 2018 By Staff
Are Blumenthal, Esty Among the “Worst Bosses” in Congress?

The senior senator from Connecticut and the Fifth District's representative in Congress have some of the highest turnover rates among all 535 members.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) had two of the highest staff turnover rates among members of Congress from fiscal years (FYs) 2001 through 2016, according to new data from LegiStorm.

In a “new feature” first reported by Politico, LegiStorm ventures a guess at who the “worst bosses” in Congress are, based on how frequently staffers leave a particular member’s office.

LegiStorm explains:

Offices with the most staff turnover might also include some of the worst bosses. Some members of Congress get a reputation for being hard to work for, whether due to anger management, shady ethics, poor pay, demanding too much or creating a toxic work environment.

Whatever the reason, the resulting office dysfunction can lead to high turnover, helping to make a member of Congress more ineffectual. One possible side-effect of high turnover is making an office less responsive to constituents while being more dependent on lobbyists for advice.

LegiStorm’s collection of congressional staff salary data combined with real-time tracking of staff gives a unique picture of who has the most turnover, and therefore who might be Congress’s worst bosses.

Two of Connecticut’s seven people in its congressional delegation – Blumenthal and Esty – were in the top 10 for “Highest Turnover” in the Senate and House, respectively, from FYs 2001-2016.

Blumenthal had the fifth-highest turnover among the 100 senators:

And Esty had the ninth-highest turnover among the 435 House members:

As LegiStorm suggests, that may not bode well for constituent services and functionality for Blumenthal’s and Esty’s constituents, throughout the state and, in particular, in the Fifth Congressional District.