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Hill Climbers: Ginny-ing Up New Staffers

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Troller spent part of her childhood playing bocce with her grandparents in Wisconsin every summer. She used the application to describe how the sport allowed her to learn and share with her grandparents.

“Usually, bocce ball is just a sport played a lot by Italians, but old people in Wisconsin like it,” she said.

An intern for the Senate Republican Conference during the summer of 2007, Troller has a long-held passion for public service. Growing up in Ohio, she lived in the hometown of ex-Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Terrace Park, where personal interaction with the Congressman sparked an interest in politics.

“I was in the sixth grade when I remember coming home from school and announcing that I wanted to work in Washington,” she said.

Troller’s job duties as legislative assistant now include work on issues such as veterans’ affairs, defense services, transportation, environment, education, energy and telecommunications.

Rounding out the recent staff changes in Brown-Waite’s office is Kyle Glenn, who was hired as a legislative correspondent in May. While his duties include timely mail responses and managing constituent tours, Glenn says he also appreciates being tasked with making the Congresswoman’s office feel warm and inviting.

Like Troller, Glenn’s job application featured an interesting essay question. “I was asked to describe what music I would place on an iPod for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. I went with a royal theme. I’d put some artists from the ‘American royalty’ scene on there: Aretha Franklin, Prince, Queen Latifah, Elvis Presley and such,” he said.

A native Virginian, Glenn grew up right outside of Washington in Alexandria. He also knew from a young age that he wanted to work on Capitol Hill, saying, “My parents met in the office of Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and even now my dad works on the Hill, so I guess politics runs in the family.”

A recent graduate of Indiana University, Glenn, 21, missed Washington during his undergraduate years.

“I had a great college experience, but I just love the area so much,” he said. For him, this love for D.C. is based on Five Guys’ burgers, $10 Nationals seats and late-night jogs around the National Mall.

As for the office bocce team, Glenn hopes to play soon. “When I was hired, the team was just entering the spring playoffs so I could only be there for emotional support. Hopefully, we can work something out where I play in the future,” he said.

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