STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Moving Up On The Hill This Week

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Clara Vaughn with a much-beloved companion (Screenshot from Facebook).(HillFaith loves dogs, too!)

Clara Vaughn is the new Eastern Shore Constituent Services Representative for Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA). Clara is thus taking on her first congressional staff position. She is a 2011 Magna Cum Laude graduate of William & Mary College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sociology, and she earned her MJ in 2012 from the University of Maryland in Multi-Platform Journalism.


Moving up from an Internship with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) to Research Assistant for the majority on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is Alexa Bishopric, working for Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX). Alexa earned her BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies last year from Tufts University.

Derek Theurer is the new Chief Tax Counsel for the Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee, working for Ranking Minority Member, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). Derek  earned his law degree in 2012 from the New York University School of Law, plus in 2008 he earned a JD from the UCLA School of Law. His BA in Accounting was awarded by the Jon M. Huntsman Business School at Utah State University in 2005.

Your Boss Lost/Retired/Moved Up. What Now?

It happens to a lot of folks who work on the Hill because things change in Congress every two years. But Bret Bernhardt, HillFaith’s Master of All Hill Employment Arts, has some proven tips on “Keeping Calm In The Post-Election Storm” on Capitol Hill.

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.


And check out Bret’s five-part HillFaith series on effective strategies for finding that next great position. Bernhardt has a wealth of experience, insider insight, how-tos and obscure terms (for example, do you know what a “golden reference” is on the Hill?), plus lots of helpful links.

The Best Resources for Finding a Job On the Hill

Where Your Best Job Lead is on Capitol Hill May Surprise You

Getting in the Door on Capitol Hill

Here’s Nine Valuable Tips for Interviewing Well on Capitol Hill

Working on Capitol Hill is the World’s Best Job (Or at Least My Best Ever)


Author: Mark Tapscott

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