Jonathan Levy, a former Hill staffer who also worked closely with Getzoff in Emanuel’s office, remembered him as an outstanding colleague and a tremendous friend. “Rob’s sense of humor was legendary on the Hill, and there wasn’t a day that went by where he didn’t make one of us laugh. I sat only a few feet away from him in Rahm’s office, and learned from him on a wide array of topics — from drafting my first bill to which rock bands I needed to hear. Anyone who knew Rob already misses him terribly, and we were all lucky to have had him in our lives.”
And for staffers who think that the long hours and working conditions are something that others might not notice, take heed, again, from Quigley. “A few years ago the derisive term ‘little punk staffer’ became a badge of honor among the many who’ve toiled in tiny cramped spaces like 1319 Longworth. Rob was among the best little punk staffers this institution has ever seen.”
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.