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Melanie joined Roll Call in May 2010 and currently writes the paperís Hill Climbers column. In addition to covering Congressional staffers, she also contributes book and museum reviews to the features section. Melanie grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she wrote for the school newspaper. In November 2009, she received the William F. Buckley Award for excellence in investigative campus journalism.
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Moving around and an appreciation for all things military brought Amber Marchand to her new post as communications director for freshman Sen. Roy Blunt.
It may be business as usual in the office of Rep. Mac Thornberry, but for two new hires and one recently promoted staffer, an aversion to a business career is what led them to Capitol Hill in the first place.
Most new staffers on Capitol Hill lament the loss of their free time and say that work now consumes their entire lives. But newcomer Dan Casto is finding the opposite to be true.
Joel Bailey is a new hire in Rep. Doris Matsuis office, and Matsui's staffers Mara Lee and Kyle Victor are taking on new positions.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller's Communications Director Vince Morris can dish valuable advice on working in Washington, D.C., a place he has called home for almost 15 years. The 44-year-old started with Rockefeller in January, but its hardly his first press gig.
Communications director Izzy Santa, legislative correspondent Jason Isakovic and legislative assistant Shane Skelton are new staffers in the office of Rep. Bob Latta this year.
The Republican nomination of Christine ODonnell in Delaware for Senate changed everything for Ian Koski, new media director for her Democratic opponent, now-freshman Sen. Chris Coons.
Jeff Sadosky has always loved being on the ground while he was campaigning and working in politics. His new job as communications director for freshman Sen. Rob Portman is no exception.
Josh Drobnyk, the new communications director for Rep. Sander Levin, has a résumé that proves his experience is all over the map literally.
Joshua Shields, Rep. Kristi Noem's communication director, knows the grass always seems greener on the other side, but that hasnt stopped him from bouncing between campaign trails and Capitol Hill for the past seven years.
Colonel chronicles President Theodore Roosevelt's life from 1910 to 1920 like an adventure book, highlighting his unsuccessful bid for a second term, conflict with and contempt for his successors, and several assassination attempts.
Faryl Ury, press secretary and new media director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, draws from her past experiences in journalism for her Capitol Hill job.
The new communications director for Rep. Sandy Adams has been training for her press gig for several years.
Freshman Rep. Michael Grimm's seven-person staff has been working around the clock to jump-start the new office. But despite the pressures of starting from scratch, none of the staffers all of whom have some sort of experience under their belts reported any anxiety before starting with the Congressman on Jan. 3.
Trevor Foughty, 27, started as communications director for freshman Rep. Todd Young this January and is still working on the basics: launching social media, getting the Congressional website up and running and moving into a new office.
Hill staffer Kate Thompson went from giving tours to World War II veterans during her stint with Rep. Louie Gohmert to taking on the position of communications director for Rep. Frank Lucas.
After his boss lost her race, Jonathan Lippman found a new job on the Hill with some help from his father.
After juggling planning weddings with working on the Hill, two staffers leave their jobs to start a wedding blog.
For press secretary David Beltran, doing public relations for a sports team is a little like doing public relations for a Member of Congress: The goal is to help your employer win and hope that they dont stir up too much controversy along the way.
Adam Hodge once was a kid wearing a political T-shirt while riding on a campaign float. So its not surprising that today, hes Majority Whip James Clyburns new press secretary.
Kelly Drennon, a scheduler and assistant to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, has found that she loves the administrative side of politics.
Staffer Gil Landau, who is fluent in American Sign Language and grew up with two deaf parents, may have been one of the few people able to bridge the gap between the deaf and campaigners when he was deputy finance director for the campaign of Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.)
Michael Babyak, a Kernersville, N.C., native, started as press secretary for the North Carolina Republican in early November and has donned myriad hats as legislative correspondent, deputy press secretary and new media director, a role he essentially created for himself.
Opposite approaches land two people jobs on Rep. Lynn Westmoreland's staff.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens latest exhibit, Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008," feature the artist's abstract works.