Interested in learning the legislative process, he applied for an opening in the Cloakroom and was appointed by then-Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash.
Fischer’s first few months were rough. Members accustomed to Sullivan and Friedman were friendly, but they depended on familiar faces to answer their questions. He first connected with fellow New Yorker Eliot L. Engel, then James P. Moran, who discovered that Fischer lived in his Northern Virginia district.
Today, Fischer has many long-standing relationships. An avid hockey player who skates for his party in the Congressional Hockey Challenge, he likes to talk sports with Illinois lawmaker Mike Quigley. He cheers on the Buffalo Sabers with New Yorker Brian Higgins and sometimes flips the Cloakroom’s massive flat-screen TV to the channel airing the big games.
Higgins called Fischer the “go-to guy” for members and a “consummate professional,” when asked about the appointment. Molloy, he said, brought on “Bobby and a lot of kids from home. . . . He’s done very, very well in charting his own course.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.