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Hani Garabyare's Journey From Somalia to the Senate

When Hani Garabyare was a little girl, she prayed that she would be an American.

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Hatch Staffers Value Their Beehive State Roots

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, promoted two members of his staff recently, each with strong ties to Utah that inform their work on the Hill.

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Senate Staffers Move Up the Ranks in Carper's Office

Sen. Thomas R. Carper’s office is adjusting to changes to its senior staff, as two veteran staffers have moved into new positions.

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Haverly Embraces New Role as Press Secretary

What’s it like being a new Capitol Hill press secretary?

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Ed Gilman Still Sees Bipartisanship in Capitol

Ed Gilman came to Capitol Hill as an intern 14 years ago and he “never looked back.”

Jones Miller Is Settling Into Role as Chief of Staff for Wittman

After nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, Jamie Jones Miller is settling into her new role as chief of staff for Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va.

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Michael Higdon Takes Kentucky Ties to Cornerstone | Hill Climbers

After 14 years in various staff roles, most recently as the chief of staff to for House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., Michael R. Higdon will now use his Kentucky ties as a vice president at Cornerstone Government Affairs.

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Baucus Adds Fellow Marathoner Park to Trade Team | Hill Climber

As the race to pass his trade agenda heats up, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has signed fellow marathon runner and expert tax lawyer Jason Park to his team as international trade counsel.

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Tolar's Natural Transition From Florida to Arkansas | Hill Climbers

Talk about trial by fire. When Helen Walker Tolar joined Sen. John Boozman as his chief of staff in the midst of the government shutdown, nothing was typical.

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'Deep Bench' Lets Blumenauer Promote 5 Staffers From Within | Hill Climbers

The recent departure of deputy chief of staff and counsel Janine Benner helped set off a number of promotions in Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s D.C. office. And they’ve got the bicycle lapel pins made famous by their boss at the ready.

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Mixing and Matching on the Finance Committee | Hill Climbers

The Senate Finance Committee has a new international trade counsel, Jason Park.

Baron Still Feels Same 'Clutch' He Did as an Intern | Hill Climbers

In the summer of 1975, a 19-year-old Jason R. Baron arrived on Capitol Hill with a self-diagnosed case of Potomac Fever. He’s still got it.

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Veteran Aide Brings Bit of Wisconsin to Venn Strategies | Hill Climber

After working in virtually every capacity for Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., including stints as chief of staff, campaign strategist and policy analyst, Erik Olson has moved to Venn Strategies, a full-service public affairs and government relations firm where he hopes to develop the same deep relationships with his clients as those that helped define his years on Capitol Hill.

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Mercury Hires Reflect Wide-Ranging Experience | Hill Climber

An ambassador, a Senate staffer and a congressman walk into a public strategy firm ...

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Steve Feldgus Prepares for Return Trip to Capitol Hill | Hill Climber

If you ask Steve Feldgus what he most looks forward to in returning to the Hill after two years of working in the administration, his answer is straightforward: giving his girlfriend a Capitol tour.

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Former Durbin Aide Keeps Focusing on Education in New Gig | Hill Climber

Joanna Serra, formerly a legislative assistant to Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, is the new manager of government relations for Higher One, a company that works with colleges and universities to provide financial aid refund, bill payment and financial literacy services.

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For Ian Sams, Political Experience 'Snowballed' Into a Hill Career | Hill Climber

In two years, Ian Sams worked his way from an entry-level spot with Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., to Carper’s press secretary, and, most recently, a regional press secretary with the Democratic National Committee.

Health Care Career Takes Newsom From CRS to CVS | Hill Climber

Once Mark Newsom recognized his knack for statistical analysis and technical programs, the only question was where he would go with it.

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Health Care Debate Sparked Interest for GPhA's Wilson | Hill Climber

Working for Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., sparked Heidi Wilson’s interest in health care, an issue that led her to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.

Hardee Takes Global Experience to Caterpillar | Hill Climber

A global perspective comes naturally to Jeff Hardee.

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