Annual Capitol Insiders Survey: The Trump Effect
Tensions on the Hill from last year have carried over into 2017

Republicans staffers on Capitol Hill are still not comfortable with President Donald Trump, the latest Capitol Insiders Survey finds. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Last year’s election was humbling for pollsters, and the Capitol Insiders Survey was no exception. The vast majority of congressional staffers surveyed by CQ Roll Call in the days before the election — 91 percent — predicted a Hillary Clinton win. Only 6 percent thought Donald Trump could pull it off.

Still, the results reflect how Trump’s win blindsided the Washington establishment. The majority of Republican aides said consistently during the campaign that they wouldn’t vote for Trump.

Sewell Staffer Says Ways and Means Void Has Been Filled
Sashrina Thomas also worked for Stephanie Tubbs Jones, last African-American woman on panel

Shashrina Thomas has worked for Rep. Terri A. Sewell since 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shashrina Thomas is the bridge between the first and second African-American women to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.

It had been nine years since an African-American woman served on the panel until Alabama Democrat Terri A. Sewell joined this year with the help of Thomas, her chief of staff.

Congressional Day Care Wait List Up to ‘Several’ Years
266 children waiting for the call

Staffers pay anywhere from around $1,000 to $1,400 a month for child care on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)


If you’re a House staffer and thinking about having a baby in three years, you probably should get on the congressional day care wait list now.

Word on the Hill: Staffers Got Talent
Armed Forces Day tomorrow

Geoff Browning pursues his musical career on the side. (Courtesy Nicholas Fitanides/ Geoff Browning)

Geoff Browning, legislative assistant for Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., has a pretty serious music career on the side of his Capitol Hill job. 

His band, Of Tomorrow, is playing tonight at the 9:30 Club (815 V St., NW) with other musicians, including Karl Denson of the Rolling Stones, Melvin Seals of the wider Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band family and Alan Evans of Soulive.

Capitol Hill Remembers 'Original Godfather for Congressional Staffers'
Durbin hosts memorial service for late chief of staff Ed Greelegs

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., speaks at Ed Greelegs' memorial service on Wednesday. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

At the standing room only memorial service for former Senate chief of staff Ed Greelegs, a colleague asked if other chiefs could raise their hands. More than 20 were present.

Vermont Democrat Patrick J. Leahy’s former chief of staff Luke Albee then repeated a lesson Greelegs had taught him: “You’re a much better human being, and you go through life more fulfilled if no one’s invisible.”

Gallagher Steals Fastest Lawmaker Title From Cotton
Blumenauer staffer first overall finisher

Texas Sen. John Cornyn runs in the ACLI Capital Challenge, a three-mile team race in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Mike Gallagher is the fastest lawmaker in Washington, beating Sen. Tom Cotton, who held the title for four years.

The 33-year-old Wisconsin Republican was the first member of Congress to finish the 36th annual ACLI Capital Challenge in Anacostia Park on Wednesday morning.

Rayburn Building Reopened After Evacuation
Concrete dust came came from construction project in garage

Staffers got an email alert on Thursday of an “industrial incident” in the Rayburn House Office Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Rayburn House Office Building was evacuated Thursday morning because concrete dust entered the building from the rehabilitation project in the garage, an Architect of the Capitol spokeswoman said.

The building was evaluated and reopened. Lobby 8, on the ground floor, took longer to clean up but was reopened by 3 p.m.

New Staffer Association Wants to Unite Digital Democrats
Co-founders say now is the time for the party to up its digital game

Jessica Presley, left, and Rebecca Steele, both run digital operations in their offices. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A new congressional staff group is looking for members who feel they have few accessible resources when it comes to digital communications.

House staffer Jessica Presley and Senate staffer Rebecca Steele co-founded the Democratic Digital Communications Staff Association on March 20 and it has nine founding members.

Pop-Up Shop Wants to Dress Young Professional Women of D.C.
Of Mercer caters to college grads and women looking to network

Of Mercer's pop-up shop is located at 3035 M St. NW in Georgetown. (Courtesy Of Mercer)

A New York-based women’s clothing store is spending the month in Washington to see if congressional staffers and other D.C. young professionals like their work attire.

Of Mercer, a company that launched in 2013, has a pop-up shop in Georgetown until May 31.

Word on the Hill: Harris to Howard
Save the date to watch lawmakers compete in various sporting events

Sen.-elect Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is surrounded by reporters who were questioning Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., after the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership elections in the Capitol, November 16, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s graduation season and that means lawmakers will be making the rounds to colleges and universities across the country.

Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced over the weekend that she will be giving the commencement speech to the 2017 graduating class at her alma mater, Howard University, on Saturday.