Jordan Davis, the new chief of staff for Rep. Rick Berg, worked his way up on the Hill, starting as an intern for then-Rep. Thelma Drake in 2005.
During his stint at the NRCC, Davis formed a bond with Berg, who won his House seat in the GOP wave of 2010, and in 2011 Davis agreed to take a job as legislative director in Berg’s office to help beef up the freshman Member’s legislative team. Berg is now running for the Senate.
“I really like Rick and respect him a lot and believe in him and what he’s doing, and he made an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Davis said.
While Davis concedes that a lot of his success had to do with “a real element of luck,” he said that others working in Congress who are seeking to reach the chief of staff level should take advantage of the educational opportunities the Hill offers to advance up the hierarchy.
“Personally, my faith was really important to me, and prayer opened many doors for me,” Davis said. “I’ve tried to make the most of the opportunities I’ve been given and feel blessed to have moved as quickly as I have.”
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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.