Census Director Nominee Deserves Swift and Bipartisan Confirmation

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTONWade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the below statement following the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s bipartisan vote advancing the nomination of Robert Santos as director of the U.S. Census Bureau. If confirmed, Mr. Santos would be the first person of color to serve as a permanent Census Bureau director.

“With more than 40 years of experience in data science, Robert Santos is unquestionably devoted to a fair and equitable census, which is a cornerstone of our democracy. He is committed to ensuring the accuracy and reliability of census data and the integrity and scientific independence of the agency. Mr. Santos deserves bipartisan support, and we urge the Senate to move promptly to confirm him so that he can get to work rebuilding trust in one of our most fundamental institutions.”

The Leadership Conference joined with more than 50 organizations urging the swift confirmation of Mr. Santos. That letter can be found here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.