Nelson said the relationships she established working for Cantor prepared her to branch out in Washington.
“I’m lucky that a lot of people work downtown and I can meet someone for coffee or lunch, which I could never do before unless they came to me. Having Cosi and Starbucks around is amazing,” Nelson said with a laugh.
“Also, my tennis racket needs to probably be dusted off and I can get back on the courts.”
Nelson is beginning to realize how much less hectic things are off Capitol Hill. She doesn’t have to go into a frenzy, for instance, trying to get something done quickly before the members go to the floor.
“It’s a different animal, the speed at which you work on the Hill — so much is happening so quickly,” she said. “At Dentons, you’re playing long ball. You have different clients with different needs and different time frames.”
Nelson feels very lucky to again be surrounded by a good team that made her feel welcome from day one. She explained that at Dentons, everyone has their own expertise and said she looks forward to learning from the Democratic side as well as the Senate side.
“If you have a good team, it can smooth out some of the ruffles, and you can feel good about that later.”
Nelson admits the future is wide open for her, but she hopes to keep the human element present in her new workplace.
“I hope I will be able to once again bridge these communities with clients that Dentons has with the members that are interested in the issues,” she said.
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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with Faye, a pot belly pig, after a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015.