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Hill Climbers: Aide Starts New Job in Crisis Mode

Tom Williams/Roll Call
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.

Its a different kind of animal, and its a new challenge for me, she said.

Dont paint her as the typical staffer, though.

I think because Im not in the [legislative] world and Im not pushing things through, I didnt 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 mothers. A photo was taken of Malecha sitting at Klugs desk in the Rayburn House Office Building.

That photo now sits on Malechas own desk in Rayburn.

I look at that picture and think, I never in a million years thought Id 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, Im here. Im doing this. This is great.

 

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