Jeremy Price came to Capitol Hill to work for his home-state Congressman, Rep. Don Young. Recently he moved over to the Senate to work for Lisa Murkowski.
“But never did I think I would end up working for her,” he said with a laugh.
In February, Price learned there was an opening in the lawmaker’s office for a legislative assistant position to handle her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Price said he has always held an interest in appropriations because of the important role it plays in policymaking.
Although he was sad to leave Young’s office, Price was happy to take on new responsibilities in the Senate — appropriations, surface transportation, labor and pensions, and telecommunications.
The Senate has been a huge change for the staffer. Not only is it a longer commute for Price, who resides in Chesapeake Beach, Md., with his wife and newborn daughter Sienna, but it’s also a whole new ballpark for the legislative process.
“The House is more shoot-from-the-hip, and the Senate is a little bit more deliberative,” he said. “In some ways, the House is more fun.”
The legislative assistant is excited about the prospect of working on appropriations for his home state. Because Alaska only has one Congressman, he is already used to having an entire state as a constituency.
Price is also used to the traveling. When visiting the district, he had to travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles. Luckily he has noise-canceling Bose headphones to rely on for comfort.
But the most important part of Price’s job isn’t what he is doing, but whom he is working to help.
“I love working for Alaskans,” he said. “That’s always going to be home for me.”
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