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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

A proud papa. Alejandro Rodriquez (Screenshot from Facebook).

Former Obama administration political appointee Alejandro Rodriquez moves into the District Director slot for Rep. Susan Lee (D-NV). From 2014 to 2017, Alejandro was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Alejandro is a 2003 Harvard University graduate with a BA in Government.

Pennsylvania State Sen. John Blake (Screenshot from his official web site)

Pennsylvania State Sen. John Blake is headed to Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) to work as Economic Development Regional Director. John is a 2001 graduate of the University of Scranton with an MBA in Finance. He also received an MSW degree in 1987 from Marywood College and a BA in Sociology in 1982 from Villanova.

Jay Campbell heads to his first job on a congressional staff to be Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX).

Amy Love (Screenshot from Facebook).

Amy Love is also headed to a first-time job on Capitol Hill, this as Outreach Director for Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ). Amy earned her BS in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University in 2006.

THEY HEAR ABOUT US BACK HOME, TOO: Clarke County Democrat lists new hires for Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL), including Chief of Staff Chad Carlough, Legislative Director Jordan Howard, Communications Director Zach Weidlich, and others.

Caught Legistorm’s Eye:

Freshmen in the 117th Congress are hiring what Legistorm’s Keturah Hetrick describes as “the least-educated staffs” on the Hill. That contrasts mightily with the 116th Congress when half of the top 10 most-educated staffs were hired by freshmen.

Hetrick hastens to caution against reading too much into the ranking, which is determined by a formula Legistorm applies to the publicly information on each staff hire.

“LegiStorm’s education-analysis tool compares only publicly available formal education records and may be skewed by a number of factors, including the proportion of entry-level versus senior-level staff, geographic distribution of high-ranked schools, and whether staffers choose to make their up-to-date education information publicly available,” Hetrick reported.

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.


Then 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

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here:

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