Three days after starting as communications director for Rep. Robert Aderholt, Anne Marie Malecha had to deal with the aftermath of tornadoes in the Alabama district.
“It’s a different kind of animal, and it’s a new challenge for me,” she said.
Don’t paint her as the typical staffer, though.
“I think because I’m not in the [legislative] world and I’m not pushing things through, I didn’t have these idealistic goals in coming here that I was going to change the world,” she said. “If I can help a couple people along the way, great.”
Malecha never thought she would end up working on the Hill, but one story she shares seems to indicate otherwise. As a child, she and her parents visited D.C. to see then-Rep. Scott Klug (R-Wis.), an old friend of her mother’s. A photo was taken of Malecha sitting at Klug’s desk in the Rayburn House Office Building.
That photo now sits on Malecha’s own desk in Rayburn.
“I look at that picture and think, ‘I never in a million years thought I’d end up here,’” she said. “When you make the drive in from [Reagan National Airport] and you start to see the monuments and the Capitol ... I pinch myself and think, ‘Wow, I’m here. I’m doing this. This is great.’”
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.