Learning the Ropes as a Liaison

Posted May 9, 2008 at 3:43pm

Edward Sanders can name just about every Member of Congress. It’s a skill he picked up in part through internships for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). And it’s a skill that should serve him well in his new job as director of the Congressional Liaison Office at the Department of State.

[IMGCAP(1)]The Congressional Liaison Office is located in the Rayburn House Office Building.

“Our office deals with a lot of consular issues, visa passports, Congressional delegation trips. We’re kind of like the go-between [for] the legislative affairs bureau and the Members’ offices on the Hill,” said Sanders, who most recently worked in the White House’s correspondence office.

Sanders started the liaison job April 14.

“It’s a great mix for me because I love being on the Hill, but I get to mix in experience with the administration,” he said.

Sanders graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in political science in 2006.

He is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, where he helps with fundraising and support. He is also a member of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, an organization that helps prepare black male college students for careers in business and government.

The 23-year-old Sanders is from Leland, Miss., and he eventually hopes to go into private business or community development in his home state.

Moving Up in Moore’s Office. Kevin Albrecht is now the district director for Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), moving up from the position of senior constituent services aide.

“Throughout his career, Kevin has made serving others and strengthening our communities his greatest priority,” Moore said in a statement. “I’m proud, as I’m sure he is, of the work he has done to help constituents over the past five years and I look forward to many more productive years as he takes on the new role of district director.”

[IMGCAP(2)]Albrecht, 32, started his new job April 25. He earned a degree in history and international studies from Kansas State University in 1999 and is originally from Lenexa, Kan.

“From the first time I met the Congressman, it was clear that he actually is a regular guy,” Albrecht told Climbers. “It makes it easy when I see him in public and caring about his constituents’ needs. [Then it’s clear] that it’s not just a show — he really does care.”

Albrecht previously worked for the Mattie Rhodes Counseling Center in Kansas City, Mo., advocating for and assisting lower- income populations.

He has one daughter and another one on the way this summer. In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing.

“This job is nice,” Albrecht said. “It gives us the opportunity to help people.”

Albrecht will be based in Overland Park, Kan.

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