Heard on the Hill

Staffer Guide: Be Your Office’s Hardest Worker
Kerry Feehery’s advice to staffers is to find your rhythm to make it through long hours

Kerry Feehery is the senior policy adviser for Holland & Knight LLP. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Editor’s note: Heard on the Hill offers this guide to staffers for navigating the waters on Capitol Hill, from getting that first job to how to make the most of your career. 23 years ago, lobbyist Kerry Feehery was not only a staff assistant in the Senate, but also the first and last person in her office every day.Former Florida Sen. Connie Mack’s chief of staff tasked her with phone duty before he got into the office and after he left. “I didn’t have a car and I lived up in Northwest [D.C.] and I had to walk a mile to the Metro, get on the Metro, get to work by 8 and the phone would start ringing,” Feehery, 45, said.

[Staffer Survival Guide: Know the Value of Time]

Toomey’s Chief of Staff Knows When It’s Time to Go
Christopher Gahan leaves Pa. senator’s office after 14 years on the Hill

Christopher Gahan, outgoing chief of staff for Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, will announce his next move soon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After getting some job security for another six years, Christopher Gahan decided it was time to leave the Hill.

Grueling election campaigns can leave staffers feeling either invigorated for the next Congress or run-down from the long fight.

Word on the Hill: March for Life Planning
School Choice Week rally

Last year’s March for Life went ahead as planned despite blizzard warnings issued for the D.C. area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, the March for Life, is this Friday.

While everyone was preparing for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, march organizers released its list of speakers, which includes counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, the highest-ranking White House official to ever address the event in person. Also scheduled to speak are Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.

Staffer Guide: Know the Value of Time
Meghan Dubyak's advice to staffers is approach every job with ‘respect and humor and a good attitude’

Meghan Dubyak was the press secretary to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Editor’s note: Heard on the Hill offers this guide to staffers for navigating the waters on Capitol Hill, from getting that first job to how to make the most of your career.

Scheduling a congressman’s time was the most challenging job for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s press secretary Meghan Dubyak.

‘Roe’ Puts Women Center Stage
Play on landmark abortion rights decision keeps focus on lawyer and plaintiff

From left, Sara Bruner as Norma McCorvey, Sarah Jane Agnew as Sarah Weddington, and Susan Lynskey as Linda Coffee in “Roe“ at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The play runs through Feb. 19. (C. Stanley Photography/Arena Stage)

In a timely and frank play about the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, makes one very brief appearance.

Because the play is about the contentious relationship between Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe, and her attorney Sarah Weddington as they struggle through their lives before and after the decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Word on the Hill: The Week After
Delaware Democrat turns the big 7-0

Guests arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in the early hours of Inauguration Day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Things around the Capitol are settling down after Inauguration Day.

If you have any stories, photographs or anecdotes to share from your experience at the inauguration or the Women’s March on Washington, email them to HOH@cqrollcall.com.

Statuary Lunch Hall a Model of Make-Nice Decorum
After fiery campaign and inaugural speech

A U.S. Capitol Police officer takes a photo as a Marine helicopter carrying former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama lifts off from the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol following the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After former President Barack Obama took off on a military chopper from the East Front of the Capitol, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined congressional leaders and other dignitaries for one of Inauguration Day’s more intimate moments, far from the crowds.

At the traditional luncheon in Statuary Hall honoring the new president, attendees at the event — one of the hottest tickets in town — feasted on lobster and steak, with pairings of California wines.

Lewandowski Stopped From Joining Trump at Inauguration
Ex-aide identifies himself as ‘Mr. Trump’s campaign manager’ when stopped by police

Corey Lewandowski on the phone outside the Capitol Crypt after he was denied entry by police. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was stopped from joining the party on the inauguration platform on Friday because he didn’t have the right pass.

Minutes before President Barack Obama and Trump made their way through the Capitol Crypt, Lewandowski was stopped by Capitol Police as he tried to make his way through.

New Yorkers Celebrated Inauguration With or Without Trump
New York State Society’s bipartisan event included a little Trump memorabilia

New Yorkers party at the New York State Society Inaugural Celebration on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington on Thursday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s home state of New York held its state society inaugural party the night before his inauguration but the president-elect was barely a part of it. 

Despite rumors that Trump would make an appearance at the party, New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins said the incoming president was still at an event at Union Station, which the congressman had just left.

Word on the Hill: Inauguration Day
Last-minute planning for today and Saturday

President-elect Donald Trump shirts being sold outside the Capitol. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

It’s here — the day Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

Stay informed with our tips for taking in the day, list of balls and galas and list of counter-parties going on around D.C. And watch for our coverage all day.

Celebrating the Inauguration
Many began planning before November, while for others, it was more recent

Singer Katy Perry at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013. What celebrities will be in D.C. this year? (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Long before the election results were in, state societies and organizations in Washington were planning their ways to celebrate the inauguration.

And with inauguration 2017 drawing people from around the country — and the world — groups are putting on events that bring them all together.

Patience and Perspective: Inauguration Memories and Advice
This inauguration will be the first for nearly one quarter of Congress.

Vermont Sen Patrick J. Leahy, right, takes photos of the media camped out in the Rotunda for President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The inauguration festivities that will take over the Capitol on Friday will be a new experience for nearly a quarter of Congress.

Roughly a dozen senators and nearly 120 House members will be attending their first presidential inauguration as a member of Congress when President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. But luckily, they can defer to more senior members for advice on how to navigate the chaotic day.

Counter Parties in D.C. Surrounding the Inauguration
What to do this week if you’re not fired up about Trump’s election

Capitol staffers cheered from balconies as hundreds of Washington, D.C.,-area high school students march to protest the election of Donald Trump in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As workers toil to return the National Mall and its surroundings to its pre-inaugural state, a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands is expected to gather on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington.

And that’s not the only event around Washington this week for venting negative feelings toward the Trump presidency.

Word on the Hill: The Day Before
Details about getting around D.C.

Workers put the finishing touches on the platform at the Capitol on Tuesday for Donald Trump's inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tomorrow is Donald Trump’s big day and the bulk of state society parties take place tonight.

Check out our list of this evening’s balls and galas and tips for making the most of the next couple of days.

The More Inaugurations Change, the More They Stay the Same
Even the ‘Champagne’ will be the same

The media camped out in the Rotunda and watched President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech on monitors as they wait for the President to arrive for the luncheon in Statuary Hall on Jan. 21, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Charlie Brotman won’t be announcing the inauguration parade for the first time since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Jackie Evancho will be performing the national anthem instead of Beyonce. 

But the logistics of the scene in Washington on Friday when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office might be more like past years than would meet the eye.