Lofgren, a staff assistant for a Louisiana Republican representative, found an internship listing online and was able to land the spot, and later a full-time job.
David Marin, now a principal at the Podesta Group, did just that by securing his first job on the Hill — press secretary to Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, R-Va.
“I covered a couple of his re-elections. He would tell you that for years I gave him a hard time, including an endorsement of his opponent in 1996,” Marin said.
“We got to know each other a little better over the years, and I came to respect and admire his style and his approach. I definitely wasn’t thinking about a move to the Hill at the time. I was really enjoying community journalism. Then in 1999, the day before my wedding, Tom called and asked if I was interested in becoming his press secretary. He said, ‘I figure if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’”
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.