Javier Martinez originally came to Capitol Hill with dreams of being an elected official, but he realized that he didnt need to be a public figure to be an effective public servant.
“I got back here three weeks ago, and I got to my desk and I started working and everything just clicked,” Martinez said. “It just seemed right. I was coming home, and I just consider myself to be very, very fortunate.”
For others looking to make it on Capitol Hill, Martinez, who is a mentor in the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, says connections are the key.
“If you meet someone at an event or a reception, keep in contact with these people and ask them for guidance because I’ve learned that a lot of these folks have gone through the same experiences as you and they want to help,” Martinez said.
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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.