Ashley Etienne decided to return to Capitol Hill after working on two presidential campaigns, getting her masters and starting her own firm.
From a communications perspective, she wants to ensure committee meetings are comprehensive and address concerns such as job creation and government waste. And she plans to help develop a new agenda.
“Most people just assume that when you’re in the minority, you’re at the whim of the majority,” she said. “That doesn’t have to be the case.”
Eventually, she wants to get her Ph.D., spend a little time teaching and have a family. “D.C. can be an interesting place in that everyone’s looking for the next big move, the next big step, the next big title,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do something that makes an impact and lives beyond my days. That’s where the conflict comes in. How long do I keep doing this stuff? But right now, this is perfect for me.”
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.