In February, Haverly took on a new role as Shimkus’ press secretary, a dream job that the American University graduate describes as being “a little bit like drinking from a fire hose.”
While he appreciated gaining a new perspective in the private sector, Haverly said he missed the pace and culture of working on the Hill. So, he leaped at the chance to return, this time as digital media director for the Financial Services Committee before ultimately coming back to Shimkus’ office.
“There’s so much opportunity to do great things here and to really — as idealistic as it sounds — to make the world a better place,” Haverly said.
That’s not to mention the added bonus of working in the same building as his fiancee, Tiffany McGuffee, communications director for Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. The couple met when they were both staff assistants on the Hill and will be married at the Capitol Hill Club this August. They live on the Hill and enjoy frequenting the restaurants on Barracks Row.
Haverly said he plans to stay in Washington for a while, since he is working at his dream job. He said having patience helped him rise through the ranks of staffers from intern to press secretary.
“You’ve got to put in the time, pay your dues,” said Haverly, “and it’s worth it in the end.”
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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.