staffers

Report Shows ‘Untapped Power’ of Constituent Advocacy
Showing the local effects of legislation can better influence lawmakers

People react to Rep. Jason Chaffetz as he speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Hundreds of people lined up early for the town hall with Chaffetz on Thursday evening, many holding signs criticizing the congressman's push to repeal the newly-named Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Other ‘Steve’ in the White House
Stephen Miller’s influence goes beyond his years, experience

Some in the media have called advisers Steve Bannon, left, and Stephen Miller — seen here at a meeting with President Donald Trump — the Breitbart wing of the White House. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

He hasn’t been parodied on “Saturday Night Live” or pictured on the cover of Time magazine. But Stephen Miller, a 31-year-old former congressional aide, has rapidly emerged as one of the more influential figures in President Donald Trump’s White House. 

Miller, Trump’s senior policy adviser, works alongside his higher-profile counterpart Steve Bannon, the former head of the far-right Breitbart News. The president has affectionately dubbed the duo “my two Steves.” Some in the media have termed the pair the Breitbart wing of the White House.

NRCC Staffs Up for 2018
Press and political shops mix fresh faces with NRCC veterans

John Rogers, executive director for the NRCC, is announcing hires for the committee’s press and political shop Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Rogers, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, will announce hires for the committee’s political and communications shops on Friday.

The hires, shared first with Roll Call, are a mix of NRCC veterans and former Hill staffers with a range of experiences working on House, Senate and presidential campaigns.

Staffer Book List: Read About How to Do Your Job
Five books for congressional staffers

Learn about your job the old-fashioned way. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You had to read books in school to study. Why not study for your job?

There are only so many things you can do to prepare yourself to be a congressional staffer. And reading is one of them.

New CBA President: ‘Pressure Is On for Diversity’
Lewis Myers also looking to double CBA membership in 2017

Lewis Myers, the newly sworn-in president of the Congressional Black Associates, is Rep. Marcia L. Fudge’s scheduler and office manager. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The newly sworn-in president of the Congressional Black Associates says he will “fight tooth and nail” for more minority staffers on Capitol Hill.

“We want to keep adding pressure,” said Lewis Myers, 31. “This is a subject matter that has been discussed and debated for years — I would almost argue decades. And what are the results?”

Staffer Guide: Making the Most of Capitol Hill
Insight on money and perks

One Hill perk that can't be quantified is access to and direct interaction with lawmakers. An aide is seen here consulting with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., during a hearing on Jan. 24. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Hill is a great place to work, whether you’re just starting your career or have been staff for a while. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of your time on the Hill.

On Capitol Hill, you might not get paid as much as you might like. Aside from taking advantage of the benefits you have, here are some tips for saving money:

Staffer Guide: Interning Do’s and Don’ts
Former staffers share some horror stories

An aide walks on the fourth floor of Russell Building on the first day of the 115th Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Staffers Are Waiting to Hear, ‘You’re Hired’
With Trump in office, the hiring spree is about to begin

Interest from Capitol Hill in White House jobs has been high, people close to the Trump administration say. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As the point person for Hill staffers looking for jobs in the Trump administration, Rep. Chris Collins is suddenly very popular among his colleagues.

The New York Republican said that every time he walks onto the House floor, he leaves with a handful of manila envelopes stuffed with application materials. His office started a spreadsheet in November of every job seeker who contacted him.

Staffer Guide: Getting Coffee Dos and Don’ts
Meetings over caffeine are a big part of Capitol Hill culture

CQ Roll Call file photo.

Staffer Guide: Etiquette Tips
How to act appropriately on the Hill

Antonia Ferrier, staff director for the Senate Republican Communications Center, leaves a meeting in the Capitol last November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There are a lot of social aspects of Capitol Hill that can be confusing to newcomers. Here’s some advice from staffers on a few of those. 

Anything less than business attire is not appropriate during session. When it’s recess, look at what others in your office wear so you don’t find yourself the only person in jeans.Some of the worst Capitol fashion violations people have seen include beanies, shorts, flip-flops, bare feet, short skirts without tights, and hoodies.