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What's Next for John Boehner’s Staff?

Boehner may be leaving office, but what does it mean for his staff? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Many things will change in the House when Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, resigns at the end of October, including employment prospects of his current staff.  

According to information from LegiStorm, 67 people are listed on Boehner’s personal and leadership office payroll, most of whom will be actively looking for new positions (several are shared staff). Come Nov. 1, a handful of staffers will be retained to handle constituent casework and answer phones for the “Office of the 8th District of Ohio.” Aides can still provide constituent services, though the office is forbidden from taking on legislative work. Staffers may keep those jobs until a new member is sworn in, and he or she will decide who stays and who goes.  

Say Goodbye to That Co-Worker You Never Liked
‘Unemployed Chief’ Finally Lands a Job

Chris Hale/CQ Roll Call

   

It’s been a long six months for “Jon,” the unemployed chief of staff profiled in Roll Call in March. After nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill, Jon found himself without a job after his boss lost a tough re-election in November. Though he had many connections and years of experience, he wasn’t sure what his next move would be.  

A Former Staffer's 'Glamour' Side

Giovanna Gray Lockhart, former Hill staffer and current Washington editor of Glamour magazine, poses in her home in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Giovanna Gray Lockhart already knows what it means to hit the ground running with style.  

In only her second week back from maternity leave — daughter Beatrice was born in January — and in her new gig as Glamour’s Washington editor, she hosted more than 100 people at her house in Kalorama and participated in Glamour’s cover story about Michelle Obama with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kerry Washington (aka Carrie Bradshaw and Olivia Pope). But this former senior aide for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Lockhart and Gillibrand are still close: the senator officiated her 2014 wedding to former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart.) is remarkably down-to-earth when we sit for an interview at D.C.'s Blue Duck Tavern. She was ready to reminisce about her time working on Capitol Hill and its many rewards, in a lightly edited Q&A.  

When the Boss Quits: Staffer Survival Guide

Schock is resigning his seat, what does it mean for his staff? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Aaron Schock is not the only person's career to be upended in a flash . The Illinois Republican's staffers, who once thought they could be working for a future leader in the House , will be out of a job and looking for work.  

One Schock staffer had a head start on his job hunt, but for the others, finding a new position can be tricky, especially when the most recent job on the résumé is with a member who has resigned amid an ongoing ethics investigation.  

The Plight of the Unemployed Chief of Staff

(CQ Roll Call Illustration/Chris Hale)

All good things come to an end.  

At least, that is the way a newly unemployed chief of staff rationalizes the abrupt end of his job and nearly 20-year Capitol Hill career. "Jon," granted anonymity for this article, loved working as a chief of staff for a rank-and-file member of Congress representing a competitive district. When his boss lost re-election in November, everyone in the office knew they would be out of a job soon.  

Job Switching: Better to Jump Around or Sit Still?

How do you know when it's time to go? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

You can’t go a week without getting one of those “Moving on…” emails from staffers detailing their latest job switch, usually something more glamorous than their last position (which they will bemoan leaving behind , along with an outstanding boss and set of co-workers, as any good staffer should). But how many emails can you read without questioning whether YOU should make the job hop as well? Hill Navigator discusses.  

Unloved and Underpaid in a Home-State Office

Thinking of leaving D.C. for your home state? Hill Navigator discusses. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret Capitol Hill staffers are underpaid compared to their private-sector counterparts. But what if you’re underpaid compared to the rest of Capitol Hill? When is it time to find work in another office? Hill Navigator discusses.

Before You Go, a Short To-Do List for Hill Staffers

Heading home for the holidays? Hill Navigator has a short to-do list before you go. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The "cromnibus" is done! Holidays are here! Tax extenders are done! Sine Die! There are a couple weeks of recess in front of you, with time to tap out some constituent mail and take long lunches, perhaps even a take few days off to spend with family. But not everyone is as happy about their job prospects this holiday season, and lots of transition affects people in different ways. So before you head out, Hill Navigator has a short list of recommended to-do items. 1. Email a displaced staffer. Twenty-three members of Congress lost re-election races , 32 are retiring and nearly a dozen lost bids for other offices. Surely you know people affected by these changes, and no matter how much time they had to prepare, it can be a rough transition. Before you go, reach out and offer to help in the job search. Even if they already have new gigs lined up, they’ll be glad to know you’re thinking of them.  

2. Set up a coffee with a newbie . Come January there will be lots of new staffers lost in the Rayburn basement. Know someone who is coming to Capitol Hill? Offer to meet with them after they arrive next month. Even a quick introduction to Cups and Company goes a long way in making someone feel comfortable in a new, somewhat intimidating environment, and they’ll be extremely appreciative of your time.  

Recent Grad Seeks Press Secretary Spot

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest was once a Capitol Hill press secretary. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hill press secretary: great job OR greatest job? Hill Navigator personally understands the grandeur and appeal of the communications world. So how to get there? Some suggestions below.