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.”
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.