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Want to Build a More Diverse Capitol Hill? Start With the Staff
Congress has a diversity problem, and I had a front-row view

If we’re going to grow the pool of diverse candidates for Hill jobs, we have to start by directly addressing the barriers that young people of color might face, Perez writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — Diversity is a driving force behind a changing America: People of color now represent almost 40 percent of the U.S. population. Yet somehow, a new Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report shows that they make up merely 13.7 percent of senior staffers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

That means our elected officials’ legislative directors, communications directors, and chiefs of staff are overwhelmingly white, even in offices representing states with large Latino and African-American populations.

Court Documents Detail Doxxing of Senate Republicans
Jackson Cosko was reportedly confronted by staffers in Hassan’s office after he used a computer there

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Orrin Hatch, left, and Mike Lee are among those that Jackson A. Cosko is accused of allegedly posting their personal information online. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jackson A. Cosko illegally used a computer in the office of Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan and and threatened a Hassan staffer later that day, court documents show. He allegedly is behind the posted personal information about Republican senators on their Wikipedia pages.

The case against Cosko is detailed in an affidavit submitted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that includes details of how Cosko allegedly posted cell phone numbers and home addresses of the senators onto the web from House and Senate computer networks.

There’s Life Beyond the Hill but When Do You Explore It?
Former staffers share why they left

John Jones of Nareit just left his post as a House chief of staff for the private sector. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

John Jones was working on Iran sanctions legislation five years ago, when his boss, New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, turned to Arizona Sen. John McCain and said, “Look, I’m for it, but you have to convince Jones.”

The exchange left Jones “stunned,” he recalled, but also empowered, as the weight of his responsibilities as Schumer’s national security director dawned on him.

Jeff Flake’s Ex-Chief on What to Do When It’s Time to Go
‘To say that folks sometimes disagreed with positions my former boss had is a bit of an understatement’

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., talks with Chandler Morse during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup session in May 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If your boss retires, resigns or loses an election, there is no clinging to your job in Congress. Your job will cease to exist.

That’s not always a bad thing. Chandler Morse got to cook dinner in the middle of the week for the first time in his 11-year-old child’s life because Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake decided to retire.

How a ‘Card-Carrying National Security Nerd’ Got to Congress
Mike Gallagher applies the ‘lance corporal test’ to everything he does

On working on Syria issues, "you peer behind the witness curtain and no one’s there. It’s just you," Gallagher said. (Courtesy of Gallagher)

Mike Gallagher preferred to be locked in a room, away from the cameras, writing white papers.

After the Wisconsin Republican got out of the military, he went to work for the Senate Foreign Relations panel, handling Middle East, North Africa and counterterrorism issues under Chairman Bob Corker.

This Is DC’s Unsung Skill, From the Capitol to K Street
Are you ready to humble? Knowing what you don’t know is the best way to get ahead

Arshi Siddiqui’s first job at the Capitol had her answering phones and sorting mail. Now she’s a partner at Akin Gump. (CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Every fall, requests for coffee from friends and friends-of-friends seeking career advice inevitably increase, particularly during election years as people assess potential opportunities at a current or new job. These conversations often remind me of my first Hill job, not due to any shining or standout moments, but because the lessons learned during those initial eight months remain relevant to the career advice I give today.

I began my job search with a fresh law degree at the age of 24 saddled with $100,000 in debt, all in the hopes of fulfilling a long-standing dream of working on Capitol Hill. My grand vision quickly crashed into reality, and I considered myself fortunate to land an entry-level Hill job answering phones, sorting mail, and drafting constituent letters for what was essentially an extended interview for an upcoming legislative opening. 

Staffers: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
A few hope to be far away from Capitol Hill

Some Hill staffers tell Roll Call they hope to be far from the Hill in five years time. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a common question in interviews: Where do you see yourself in five years?

For congressional staffers, it’s not the easiest question to answer. Elections, leadership races, resignations — so much could affect their job security.

Your Boss Is Becoming More Vulnerable. When Do You Move On?
A breakdown of when your paychecks will stop coming in

If election night doesn’t look like this for you and your boss, how long will you have to pound the pavement? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Staffers, start updating your résumés. Your job security just took a hit in the latest round of ratings changes from Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales.

Inside Elections downgraded the re-election chances of 21 Republican House members last week. Of the GOP incumbents running for another term, 22 are now either underdogs or dead even in their bids.

Rep. Maxine Waters Denies Her Office Doxed Republicans
Three GOP senators on Judiciary Committee had addresses and phone numbers posted to Wikipedia

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., denied over the weekend that a member of her staff amended Wikipedia entries to show home addresses and personal phone numbers of Republican senators. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Maxine Waters denied this weekend that an aide in her office posted personal information, including home addresses, to Wikipedia of three Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee as that panel questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers in 1982.

“Lies, lies, and more despicable lies. I am utterly disgusted by the spread of the completely false, absurd, and dangerous lies and conspiracy theories that are being peddled by ultra-right wing pundits, outlets, and websites,” the California Democrat said in a statement.

Sexual Assault Survivors in Congress Call for Delay on Kavanaugh Vote
Five House Democrats ask for probe into all allegation against nominee

From left, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listen Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford testifies during a hearing on  the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

Five Democratic lawmakers, each survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse, are calling for a delay in the Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Reps. Alma Adams of North Carolina, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, Jackie Speier of California and Debbie Dingell of Michigan penned a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for the vote on Kavanaugh to be postponed and calling for an investigation into the additional allegations made against him in recent days.