Rory Riley, newly promoted staff director on the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, has worked in all three branches of government to help disabled Americans.
“I’ve worked for all three branches of government … on the same policy issue,” Riley said. “I don’t know a lot of people who can say that.”
For those looking to move up the Capitol Hill ladder, Riley said that a focus just on networking won’t go far enough.
“Everybody’s always emphasizing networking … and even though networking is important — I don’t want to say that it’s not — if you work really hard and your résumé stands out, there will be plenty of opportunities available,” Riley said.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.