She’s Back

Posted May 16, 2008 at 3:01pm

Lindsey Parker is returning to the office of Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent, less than a year after she served as an intern there. In the interim, she was a staff assistant for Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.).

[IMGCAP(1)]She said she is glad to be back in Feeney’s office.

“I love working for Tom. He’s a great boss to be around, and it’s a fun office to be in,” Parker told Climbers. “It’s nice to be in an office where I can personally support what my boss stands for as well.”

Before her first internship with Feeney, she was at the University of Florida finishing her economics degree. She graduated in 2006.

Parker, 23, is from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, and enjoys “anything outdoors.

“I love hiking around the area and traveling around the beach,” she said. “I’m planning a white-water rafting trip this summer.”

Parker attends the National Community Church, and she looks forward to continued work on Capitol Hill.

[IMGCAP(2)]“I think I’ll be on the Hill for a while,” she said. “I like the political side, the government side. I’m not sure where it will take me, but it’s a great experience for now.”

Cameron Smith also joined Feeney’s office recently. He started as counsel at the end of April, after working for the Judiciary Committee staff of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). He also worked in Sessions’ personal office for one year.

“I wanted to work for Congressman Feeney because I can really relate to his principled conservatism,” Smith told Climbers. “It’s really impressive to work for a boss who adheres to his beliefs and fights for his constituents even despite political pressures.”

Smith, 26, earned his law degree from the University of Alabama in 2007 and his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in 2004 with a double major in philosophy and classics.

He is thrilled to be on the Hill.

“I really do enjoy public service, and I know it sounds kinda campy, but at the end of the day, I like to help people,” he told Climbers.

His wife, Justine Sheila Smith, is a recruiter for the British Embassy, or — as he put it — an “agent of a foreign power.”

Smith is a member of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church and a board director for his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta.

“I try to spend the bulk of my free time, since there’s not much of it, with my wife and my three dogs,” Smith said. He told Climbers he is looking forward to starting a family.

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