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Rebecca Gale


Rebecca Gale is the Opinion Editor for Roll Call and author of the Hill Navigator, Roll Call's workplace advice column.

Prior to coming to CQ Roll Call, Rebecca worked as a press secretary and communications director for senators and members of Congress on Capitol Hill. She has also worked on presidential and congressional campaigns, both as spokesperson and communications director.

She graduated with honors from Miami University in Ohio and has a master's degree in political communication from the Johns Hopkins University.

Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published by Boxfire Press, and her debut novel, "Trying," was published by Boxfire Press in December 2012.

She is also the author of the e-book "Best Intern Ever: Roll Call’s Guide to Acing Your Internship.”

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Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)

March 26, 2015

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually.

Getting Your Intern Application to Stand Out

March 24, 2015

Job applications can be stressful, even for the “junior interns.” So how do you go about navigating the confusing world of the intern application process? Hill Navigator discusses.

Double Duty: Graduate School and Capitol Hill

March 23, 2015

Hill staffers can do anything: pen legislation, autograph in lieu of a member of Congress, even run for office. But can they carry on the demanding, long-hours job while going to graduate school at night? Hill Navigator discusses.

Acing the Business Lunch: Paying the Check

March 23, 2015

The best part about having the skills to ace a power lunch? Getting the chance to practice. Hill Navigator appreciates the reader response to “How to Ace the Power Lunch,” and hopes each of you have the opportunity to put those gracious and formidable skills to good use. Whether it’s at Fiola or Good Stuff Eatery, knowing how to order, pay and show requisite graciousness is crucial to having a good time and great meal.

When the Boss Quits: Staffer Survival Guide

March 19, 2015

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.

The Plight of the Unemployed Chief of Staff

March 18, 2015

All good things come to an end.

Step-Dancing the Night Away to Fight Cancer

March 13, 2015

The hot ticket this past weekend? The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 21st Annual Spring Gala, which on March 6 hosted about 900 guests who donned tuxedos and ball gowns to raise more than $1.6 million for cancer prevention and early detection.

Will Menendez Staffers Be Forced to Testify Against Their Boss?

March 10, 2015

The future of Sen. Robert Menendez might hinge on what his staffers have to say. At question is whether his aides can give testimony that would implicate the New Jersey Democrat, who is facing possible federal corruption charges for his dealings with Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

Full FMLA Benefits? Not So for Congressional Staff

March 4, 2015

Capitol Hill employees are in limbo when it comes to workplace rights, or at least when it comes to a key update to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

View-Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

March 4, 2015

Old school took a visit to Capitol Hill this week. As part of the ONE Campaign’s lobby day, members of Congress and staff received View-Masters filled with memes promoting foreign aid.

When No One in Your Office Likes You

March 4, 2015

On some level, we all want to like our co-workers. Eight hours a day (or more) sitting next to someone is certain to go a lot more smoothly if you enjoy the company. But what happens when the relationship among staff has more animosity than amicability? And worse yet, what happens when it’s directed at you? Hill Navigator discusses.

From One Form of Sausage-Making to Another

March 3, 2015

For Aaron Kline Kushner, working on Capitol Hill was a perfect entree into doing what he loves now: sausage-making.

Duckworth Back at Work Following Maternity Leave

Feb. 24, 2015

Congress has yet another working mom to add to its ranks.

Job Switching: Better to Jump Around or Sit Still?

Feb. 24, 2015

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.

Maureen McDonnell Offers Cautionary Tale for Congressional Spouses

Feb. 24, 2015

Virginia’s former first lady, Maureen McDonnell, is heading to prison for a year and a day after she was found guilty of trading favors in return for loans, vacations and gifts. Her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, has also been sentenced and is appealing the ruling. A onetime GOP star, his career is likely over.

Casa Luca to Offer Sunday Brunch

Feb. 13, 2015

D.C. brunch-goers will soon have a new spot to add to the list of upscale restaurants with bottomless mimosas: Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca will be open for Sunday brunch starting on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Raise Your Hand for Capitol Quip

Feb. 11, 2015

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Unloved and Underpaid in a Home-State Office

Feb. 11, 2015

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.

The Era of Cold Calling Has Ended

Feb. 10, 2015

There’s something to be said for gumption: the go-get-‘em attitude that shrinks the power distance between junior staffers and the far senior authorities. But how does one bridge that divide and advance a career in the process? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite Today Is Tomorrow Capitol Quip!

Feb. 4, 2015

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

'Downton Office' Not First Ethics Flap for Schock

Feb. 4, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock’s, R-Ill., recent flap about his “Downton Abbey”-inspired office decor is not his first run-in with ethics watchdogs. The House Ethics Committee still has a referral into Schock’s actions from March 2012. This case stems from an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that found he may have improperly solicited contributions for an anti-incumbent super PAC.

On Capitol Hill, Ad Hoc Paid Leave Policies Flourish

Feb. 3, 2015

Much has been written about Capitol Hill staff and the wide disparities in paid maternity and paternity leave policies. Offices with longstanding histories of generous leave policies are quick to speak up, but many offices dodge the question, either citing privacy concerns or giving the classic silent treatment by ignoring reporters’ questions.

Melanie Sloan Settles in With New Crew: Triumph Strategy

Feb. 3, 2015

After 12 years with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as the founding executive director, building the company from a solo enterprise to a 15-person team, Melanie Sloan started the new year by launching her own public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy.

Answers on Paid Leave Hard for Staffers to Find

Jan. 30, 2015

If a member of Congress has a generous parental leave policy but the staff doesn’t know about it, what’s it worth?

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