Bloom was known in Sensenbrenner’s office as a team player willing to help younger staffers learn the ropes and a jokester who kept the mood light.
“The first day on my job as an intern, not knowing anything about politics, Dan took the time to explain the background of the issues,” Schreibel said. “He had a passion for mentoring and having a good time. Politics has changed over the years, but Dan always liked to keep things on the lighter side and try and have fun.”
Loni Hagerup, Sensenbrenner’s deputy chief of staff, said Bloom was always serious about his work but made sure to keep things light with his sardonic humor and razor-sharp wit.
“He provided clever, somewhat embarrassing nicknames for the Sensenbrenner staff, and most of us remain close today, holding dear tremendous memories of those early years with Dan Bloom where we were fortunate enough to be part of his wonderful game as well as of his not-so-well-hidden affection and kind heart,” Hagerup said.
When he wasn’t working, Bloom was an avid sailor and enjoyed spending time with family and friends on his boat, the Merlin, on the Chesapeake Bay.
Bloom is survived by his sister, Gloriane Bork, and nephew, Samuel Bork.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.