Sara Lonardo, the new communications director for Rep. Rosa DeLauro, said she has wanted to work on Capitol Hill since she was in high school.
“I think a lot of people who don’t work on the Hill or who don’t work in D.C. have this idea that you have to have some sort of crazy connections to get here and it’s all about who you know,” Lonardo said. “That helps, yeah, but neither of my parents were involved in this kind of thing. I got my start just by applying to stuff where I could, joining groups, going to every sort of meeting I could in college and working my way up that way, volunteering for everything. You make your own possibilities.”
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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.