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Hill Favorite ‘Miss Kansas’ Retiring After 28 Years

Tom Williams/Roll Call

David Carlin, the son of former Kansas Gov. John Carlin, was an intern in Slatterys office under Anderson. He described her has having a larger-than-life personality.

She always gives you a great, big hug, said Carlin, now a lawyer in D.C. Thats something that typically doesnt happen on the Hill.

For Naylor, the most important thing he learned from four years of working with Anderson was to always be nice to people. Kindness, Anderson likes to say, gets you everywhere.

Shell call up the superintendents office with a request, and its here in five minutes, he said. When shes walking around the hallway, everyone calls her Miss Carolyn or Miss Kansas.

At Naylors description, Anderson just laughs and says, I guess they just have respect for me.

When Naylor walked into Moores office during August recess four years ago, he remembers her poking her head over the top of her desk, asking him if he was all right and if he needed anything.

Now, he calls her his D.C. mom and hes her kid on the side.

Those are the kinds of relationships she developed over the years. She keeps in contact with Slattery and his family, as well as interns and other staffers shes worked with over years.

And its paid off. Between the years that Slattery left Congress and Moore was elected, she worked for former Rep. Karen McCarthy (D-Mo.).

Howard Bauleke, who had worked in both Slatterys and McCarthys office, became Moores chief of staff and suggested Anderson apply for a job in the Representatives office. Years of working with Bauleke had taught Anderson one thing: They got along well. In fact, their famed banter and jokes about being a married couple continue to this day. 

In addition, he got her back to working for the Kansas delegation, something she has enjoyed and will miss in her retirement.

Moore, a law school friend of Slatterys, hadnt known about Anderson and her reputation until she started working for him. But hes glad he hired her.

If theres one thing I can say is my favorite thing about Miss Kansas, its her smile, he said. Whenever you walk in the door, she always has this big smile on her face.

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