congressional-staffers

Latino Staffers Who Call the Shots on Capitol Hill
Seven aides discuss challenges they had to confront because of their backgrounds

Olivia Perez-Cubas is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s communications director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Latino staffers are leading offices on Capitol Hill, running communications operations and advising some of the highest-ranking members of Congress.

Many started out their careers as interns. Some got their big break through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, or through someone looking out for them.

‘White and Wealthy’ Colleagues Called Out in Letter to DCCC Demanding Intern Pay
13 interns sign note to Chairman Ben Ray Luján

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., is receiving a letter from 13 intern Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of current interns at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a letter Thursday to Chairman Ben Ray Luján requesting pay.

But they didn’t stop there.

Taylor Swift Rumor Grips Hill, Congressional Offices Shake It Off
Reports: No official expectation the pop star is visiting the Capitol

A crowd of Hill staffers and interns stand outside of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office due to a rumor of a visit by pop music star Taylor Swift on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rumors of a Taylor Swift sighting on Capitol Hill spread quickly Wednesday afternoon, but congressional offices said they had no reason to believe the pop icon had paid a visit.

The buzz appears to have been started by a reporter for The Hill, who tweeted that sources told her Taylor Swift would be in the Russell Senate office building “at some point” today for a meeting.

Schweikert Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Ethics Probe
Oliver Schwab is accused of being paid by Schweikert’s campaign more than what is allowed

The chief of staff for Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., resigned Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oliver Schwab, Arizona Rep. David Schweikert’s chief of staff, resigned as they both face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee

Schwab announced his resignation Monday, saying he was having surgery and will work as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed maritime captain, AZ Central reported. 

Staff Up Congress Aims to Tackle Diversity From the Top
Noel Perez says congressional staff should more resemble constituents

Noel Perez, a leader of Staff Up Congress, worked for former California Rep. Xavier Becerra, now the state’s attorney general. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

What’s one way to increase diversity on the Hill? Start at the senior-staffer level. 

That’s according to the group Staff Up Congress, a joint campaign between the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, which focuses on opportunities for Latinos, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which focuses on opportunities for African-Americans.

Former Wasserman Schultz Staffer Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud
Imran Awan has been the subject of the president’s tweets

Awan was an IT consultant for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former staffer Imran Awan pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a false statement on a bank loan application.

Awan, who worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., as an IT consultant, struck a peal deal with prosecutors in a federal court appearance in D.C., CNN reported. He was arrested in July 2017 as he tried to board a flight for Pakistan, and was a subject of President Donald Trump’s tweets last month.

Intern Who Shouted ‘F--- You’ at Trump Suspended for One Week
Caitlin Marriott, 21, an intern for Sen. Hassan, has been stripped of her ID badge

President Donald Trump pauses to make a remark to the media as he arrives for the House Republican caucus meeting in the basement go the Capitol last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An intern in Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office who shouted, “Mr. President, f--- you” at President Donald Trump across the Senate Rotunda in the Capitol last week has been suspended from work for one week.

Fox News, citing unnamed sources, identified the intern as Caitlin Marriott, 21. While Hassan’s office didn’t identify her, it did confirm that she worked in the senator’s office.

Running for Fun and Friendship
For nearly two decades, the Capitol Hill Running Club has brought marathon runners together

Participants in the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon run south on Third Street through the National Mall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Capitol Hill Running Club, which brings staffers together three mornings a week to train for the Marine Corps Marathon in October, kicked off its 19th year this month.

Ray Celeste Jr., a military legislative assistant to North Carolina Republican Rep Walter B. Jones, joined the club 18 years ago while on active duty in the Marine Corps’ Office of Legislative Affairs at the Pentagon.

Irish Interns Learn About Bridging Gaps in Divided US
Political students learning to ‘stand up and lead’

Boniface Odoemene, right, is New York Rep. Peter T. King's 19th intern from the Washington Ireland Program. (Courtesy Rep. Peter T. King’s office)

During a pivotal time in U.S. politics, students from Ireland are learning how things work — and don’t work — in Washington, and how to apply that knowledge to their studies back home.

The Washington Ireland Program, or WIP, has been a coveted student development program for more than 20 years. Alumni include Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, former Northern Ireland Justice Minister Claire Sugden and former Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister.

Lawmakers Must Now File Financial Disclosures for Cryptocurrencies
House Ethics Committee rules cryptocurrencies are a form of securities

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Any House members who secretly moonlight as Bitcoin miners received bad news this week after the House Ethics Committee decided cryptocurrencies are subject to financial disclosure requirements for lawmakers and senior congressional staffers.

Cryptocurrencies, including the widely known variety called Bitcoin, are a form of online currency. Transactions made using cryptocurrencies are validated by a decentralized system of computers rather than a centralized bank.