STAFF MOVES: Look Who Is Being Promoted On Capitol Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Donald Stevens is the new guy in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s office, serving as Counsel via Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). Stevens is a 2014 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He also earned an MA in history in 2010 from the University of Oregon and a BA in chemistry in 2007 from Stanford.

Over on the House side, Ashlee Rossler has saddled up as Legislative Assistant/Counsel for Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio). Ashlee’s law degree was awarded by the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 2019 and she received her BA in international relations and political science from Syracuse University in 2015.

It must be Counsel Week on the Hill because number three here is Ronce Almond heading over to fill that duty for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee via Ranking Minority Member Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Ronce’s law and political science MA are both from Duke University, while his BA in history comes from George Washington University.


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.

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)

 

 

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On Capitol Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:
Leslie Shedd with Clemson University Quarterback Trevor Lawrence at the White House (Screenshot from Facebook).

Leslie Shedd is the new Communications Director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Republicans, working for Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking minority member. Leslie earned her BA in political science and french from Clemson University in 2001 and her law degree in 2007 from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law. Leslie is a devoted Clemson fan.

Moving over from the O’Rourke presidential campaign staff to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) as a special adviser is Allison Hunn. You may also know Allison from the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs where she served as a special assistant from 2013 to 2015. Allison’s BA in french was awarded by the University of Virginia in 2011. Her law degree came in 2018 from the University of California at Berkley.

Maggie Wunderlick is the new scheduler in the office of Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), moving into that position after a stint as an intern in the same shop. A skilled photographer, Maggie’s BS in psychology came in 2015 from Sewanee, The University of the South. Maggie was born a Texan. Links between Texas and South Carolina go back to the Alamo and Col. William Barrett Travis, who was from Saluda County, SC.

Shallum Atkinson (Screenshot from Facebook).

There’s a new Legislative Assistant working for Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) and his name is Shallum Atkinson. Shallum previously worked for Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA). Shallum was the 2019 graduate commencement speaker at American University where he was awarded a MEd in education policy and leadership. His BA is in political science from the University of Georgia in 2017.

House Staff Bonuses Lowest in Four Years

Legistorm’s Keturah Hetrick reports bonuses given by members of the House of Representatives in the fourth quarter of last year were down compared to previous years.

Republican staffers received bonuses on average of 19.7 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 17 percent bonuses given to Democratic staffers.

“Republicans also made up eight of the top most generous bosses last quarter. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) topped the charts, giving his staff an estimated average bonus of 120 percent over what they made in the previous quarters. Aides to Steve King (R-Iowa) received the second-highest increase, at 73 percent per staffer,” Hetrick reported.

“Rounding out the top slots are Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Don Young (R-Alaska),” Hetrick wrote.


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.

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)


 

WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: Broad Coalition Of Advocacy Groups Urge Staff Pay Raises

A coalition of good government groups, think tanks and concerned individuals urged four key leaders in Congress in a March 4 letter to support increased pay for the 20,000 mostly young men and women who work for senators, representatives and committees.

The letter was addressed to House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Minority Member Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), chairman of the legislative appropriations subcommittee, and Rep. Jamie Herrera Buetler (R-WA), the ranking minority member of the subcommittee.

Dear legislators:

On behalf of the undersigned bipartisan group of civil society organizations and individuals, we encourage you to raise the funding levels appropriated toward the compensation of your U.S. House of Representative staffers. Continue reading “WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: Broad Coalition Of Advocacy Groups Urge Staff Pay Raises”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On Capitol Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Got a question about member services on the House Republican side? Natalie Joyce is who you need to see because she’s the new Deputy Chief of Staff for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Natalie has been with McCarthy since January 2011. She’s a 2008 BA graduate in communications and public relations from Mississippi State University.

First jobs on the Hill can be both exciting and challenging as Rachel Marshall is now discovering, being the new Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). Before coming aboard with Speier, Marshall was with with the Campaign for Youth Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union. Rachel was awarded her BS in political science in 2009 from Ball State University and her law degree in 2016 from the American University Washington College of Law.

Daniel Bucheli (Screenshot from Facebook).

You may know Daniel Bucheli as president of the Republican Communicators Association but he’s also just returned to a familiar position, Communications Director for Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL).  Previously, he served a stint with the Trump re-election campaign as Deputy Press Secretary and before that was Spano’s CD. Johns Hopkins University awarded Daniel an MA in public policy and political communication in 2015 and in 2010 he earned a BA in government and world affairs from the University of Tampa.  Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On Capitol Hill This Week”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On The Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Aryn Fields is now Communications Director for Rep. JaHana Hayes (D-CT). Previously, Aryn was Press Secretary for Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and before that interned in the personal staff office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). She is a 2018 MA graduate in political communication from American University and she earned a 2016 BA in government from California State University at Sacramento.

Tanner Spencer appears to be in it for the long run (screen shot from Facebook).

Tanner Spencer was just promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant for Rep. Jim Banks (R-IND), from his prior duties as a Legislative Assistant. Tanner has been with Banks since serving as his campaign field director in 2016. He’s a 2016 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in public administration.

Now handling scheduling duties for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is Mark Waits, moving up from Deputy Scheduler/Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Mark is a 2019 political science BS graduate from Utah Valley University. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On The Hill This Week”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Jake Johnsen has set up shop as Chief of Staff for Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY). Jake is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in political science.

Natalie Johnson, press secretary for Sen. Martha McSally. Screen shot from Facebook).

Natalie Johnson is now Press Secretary for Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), moving up to the Senate side after serving Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and the House Republican Conference. Natalie’s BA in political science was awarded in 2015 from James Madison University.

Caroline Goodsen has made the move from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to serve as Military Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI). Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill This Week”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Data Shows Dramatic Declines Since 1981; Kosar Tells Committee The Congress Needs Bigger Staff

Congress is the “first branch” because the Founders intended the Republic’s national legislature to be “the fountain of all lawmaking authority and governmental action,” according to Kevin Kosar, vice-president for research partnerships of the R Street Institute.

Kosar’s comment came in his mid-January testimony before a hearing of the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress concerning the growing inability of the First Branch to fulfill its constitutional roles.

The cause of that growing inability is clear: Congress is starving itself of the most critical resources, especially experienced staff, to do its many jobs, according to Kosar. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Data Shows Dramatic Declines Since 1981; Kosar Tells Committee The Congress Needs Bigger Staff”