Democrats occupy 21 of the top 25 and 35 of the top 50 slots in a ranking of how much each member of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress has spent through the first quarter of 2020 on salaries for staff members, according to data compiled by Legistorm.
Rep. Ted Deutsch (D-Fla.) ranks number one in the ranking. Deutsch has spent $336,511 on 17 staff members, representing 87.4 percent of his total available office budget. The House average is 82.8 percent.
Kamara Jones has moved over to the Joint Economic Committee as Communications Director, working for Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), the bicameral panel’s vice-chairman. Kamara previously served as Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus and before that as Press Secretary for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and earned her MA in African-American Studies from Ohio State University in 2010.
Annie Kowalewski nabbed her first job on Capitol Hill and it’s a good one, Policy Analyst working for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Annie’s law degree is from the University of Edinburgh (I absolutely love Edinburrrow!) and her MA in security studies is from Georgetown University.
Joe Fawkner has arrived in the office of Rep. Carol Miller (R-WVA) as a Senior Policy Adviser. Joe formerly lobbied on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was Executive Director of the Hong Kong/U.S. Business Council. Joe was awarded his BA in international studies from Boston College in 2000 and is MPhil in modern Chinese studies from the University of Oxford in 2003.
LOOKING FOR A HILL JOB?
Check out this five-part HillFaith series by Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for Senators Don Nickle (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Bernhardt has a wealth of experience, insider insight, how-tos and obscure terms (know what a “golden reference” is on the Hill?), plus lots of helpful links.
You’ve followed up on that job lead from your college friend who now works on the Hill, you’ve prepared a relevant resume, found a good recommender, and you just got invited to meet with the hiring manager.
Now, how do you make the best of that interview? Here are nine tips:
First, there are a few important things you’ll need to do leading up to the interview, but on the day of the meeting, it’s most important that you have the right frame of mind. If you are a Christian believer, you should exercise “confident humility,” as we discussed in my previous post (“Getting In The Door On Capitol Hill”).
This means having confidence in knowing you are loved and accepted by God, while asking the Lord to search your heart for anything that impairs your relationship with Him. Reading and meditating on Psalm 139, or other go-to verses, is an excellent way to accomplish this.
This will give you a measure of peace and tranquility, which prepares you to be relaxed and free from anxiety when you interview.
This guy has been there, done that. And he just might have some useful insights to share about life on the Hill
By Mark Tapscott
If you work on Capitol Hill, you and I likely have a great deal in common. You, like me, love this country and want to make it better. You are passionate about politics, the campaign trail and the legislative process. You worry about the future, of America, and of you and your loved ones. You probably grew up somewhere else, most likely out there in “Flyover Country.”
Doesn’t matter which political party you identify with or where on Capitol Hill you spend your workdays. Your hours are long and odds are good you could be making more money working somewhere else (maybe a whole lot more if you’ve been here for a few years).
But you get to rub elbows with many of America’s most important and best-known leaders, and your work affords endless opportunities to meet and work with interesting and amazingly smart, skilled people. Money can’t buy the satisfaction that can come with that, right?
Fact is, for better or worse, the Hill is the center of your world. Maybe not tomorrow, but for now, most of your friends also work here, including people you socialize with, enter into (and out of!) romantic relationships, and compete with to grab that next rung up the success ladder. Continue reading “What Is HillFaith and Why Should You Care?”
At $31,200 annually, the new rate would make the first experience working for Congress much more affordable
Forty House Democrats are sponsoring Rep. Adam Smith’s reintroduced House Intern Pay Act that would require a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the young employees.
“Paid internships help to bring a diversity of ideas and backgrounds to both the Washington, D.C. and local district offices, and expand equality of opportunity for all to participate in our democracy,” Smith said in a statement Tuesday.
Here are some smart suggestions for making the most of that first post working for Congress
By Bret Bernhardt
In the overall scheme of things on Capitol Hill, interns, and junior staffers for that matter, seem to be a relatively inconsequential part of the process. However, in my experience, it is quite the opposite.
The Farmers Insurance commercial on TV says “we know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” That would pretty much describe my experience of 30 years working on Capitol Hill. This is particularly true about working with interns.
One of the first things done by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after taking control of the big gavel was to appoint the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to recommend measures to bring the First Branch into the 21st Century of organizational management.
In its first hearing, the modernization committee heard testimony from 30 members representing both sides of the aisle, including Rep. Kathleen Clarke (D-Mass.) who provided a concise assessment of worrisome staffing trends:
Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast and is a former Hill staffer, most recently working as communications director for then-Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) from 2001 to 2003.
Murphy also writes a column for Roll Call and has a great piece today there based on her interviews with a number of present and former Hill staffers responding to the question of things they wish they had known when they worked on the Senate or House side.
This may come as a shock to some but there are times working on Capitol Hill when people don’t tell the whole truth about actions of their boss, or conceal facts about their own role in questionable practices or even tell lots of little white lies that taken together create a huge dark falsehood.
Yes, it happens. So how to navigate the Hill working environment while maintaining the ethical standards and beliefs you brought with you when you got your first job working for a congressman, senator or committee can be a huge dilemma.
It’s a truism in many secular precincts that Christianity has kept women in a subordinate position to men, but is that a reflection on the Bible that defines the faith or on the Christians who misused or misunderstood it?
With at least 100 newly elected women heading to mount the Capitol Hill steps above as a result of the 2018 midterm election, according to Kathryn Watson of CBS News, the treatment and status of women in America is certain to be a huge issue in the new Congress come January. (Photo above by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash)
Have you ever wondered why is there something rather than nothing? Yes, it’s an esoteric question and not one any normal person is ever likely to think about without prompting.
So consider yourself prompted because it is an important question, one of the most important of all questions in fact. How important? Well, it’s more significant even than the question of whether a problem is solved if a congressman describes a solution but nobody on C-SPAN is listening?
Or, just to put it in the most personal of terms, why are you here rather than not here?