“Maybe if I ever got sick of politics, I would go into tax law, which always interested me. My pocket protector is missing right now,” Shedd said with a laugh. “But when I moved up here to go to law school, my sole intention was to get my footing on the Hill.”
After being in D.C. for six years, the communications director has gotten more than just her footing on the Hill; she seems to have climbed the entire mountain. Shedd has held internships with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of the Vice President in the White House. In 2008, she served as deputy press secretary for Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and until recently was communications director for Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).
Doran also has extensive political experience under his belt, but not all of it stems from the Hill. The University of Dayton alumnus took an administrative assistant gig with Rotary International in Evanston, Ill., before he worked as staff assistant for Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), although he moved to D.C. before he officially nabbed the job.
“I packed up my aunt’s minivan, drove here and moved in with a buddy of mine,” Doran said. “I got the job a month later and waited tables in the interim.”
Two years later, Doran moved to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia. After two more years, he shifted to the private sector and worked for lobbying firm Holland & Knight as a public affairs adviser.
From the time Shedd and Doran started working for the Congressman, they have worked on committee, legislative and room reassignments but are also getting acclimated to working for the majority.
“Two years ago, as a Republican, it looked like all hope was lost. Then two years later, it shifted dramatically, and it’s such an exciting time,” Doran said. “I thought If I’m going to make a switch back to the public sector, now is the time to do it.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.