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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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Student Loan Forgiveness for Staff on Chopping Block

April 22, 2015

One of the more generous benefits for congressional staffers might be on the chopping block in this year’s budget. The House and Senate budgets include cuts for education, employment and training, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The program forgives all federally backed student loans for those working for 10 cumulative years in public service — including time spent on Capitol Hill.

Hill Staffer Student Loan Perk Comes With Caveats

April 20, 2015

Have student loans and want a $10,000 raise? The Student Loan Repayment Program, offered through both the House and Senate, can shoulder the student loan burden for up to $10,000 per staff member per year.

Vote for Your Favorite Hillary Clinton Capitol Quip!

April 16, 2015

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

How to Deal With Those 'No' People

April 15, 2015

“Whatever it is, I’m against it” — Groucho Marx, “Horse Feathers”

Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

April 9, 2015

Nationals Park may be getting a bit more family friendly this year.

The Power Lunch: Kosher for Passover Version

April 8, 2015

Whether it’s the Longworth Cafeteria or BLT Steak, the power lunch continues during recess just as it does when Congress is in session. But for those for whom an in-session day requires more time in the office, recess periods can be better time for the power lunch of the white tablecloth variety.

What Happens to the Menendez Foreign Relations Staffers?

April 8, 2015

When scandals strike a senator, what does it mean for his staff?

The Road to Re-Employment: State Staff Edition

April 3, 2015

It can be hard to land a job on Capitol Hill, even for those who live and work in D.C. But what about former state and district staffers, who still want to work on Capitol Hill even after their boss has exited stage right? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote For Your Favorite Federal Budget Bunny Capitol Quip!

April 2, 2015

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

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.

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