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Hill Climbers: Craigslist Helped Aide Get Hill Start

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call
Javier Martinez originally came to Capitol Hill with dreams of being an elected official, but he realized that he didn’t 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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