John Lawrence

Advice to Tuesday’s Winners: Your Aides Aren’t Decoration
Capitol Hill is full of people who will puff up your ego to serve their own self-interest

OPINION — Scores of new representatives and senators will soon be assuming their positions on Capitol Hill following what many predict will be a “wave election.”

Having spent 38 years as a House staffer (the last eight as chief of staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi), and as the author of a new book on the 1974 House reformers, I have some suggestions for these incoming, energetic, perhaps idealistic legislators to help them transition successfully to life in Washington and make them more effective public servants.