The Meaning of Congressional Service

The following quotes were collected by the Congressional Management Foundation in a 2011 survey of more than 1,400 congressional staff. The survey focusing on the workplace environment of Congress asked this open-ended question:

What does working in Congress mean to you?

These are their answers.

"My job is meaningful and I can see how I help people and they appriciate what we have done for them and it makes me feel good ."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
Personal office
Democrat
"Solving the policy problems that our nation faces is very meaningful work."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"A chance to give back to the society in which I have been so fortunate."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"A chance to work in support of a person of integrity as we serve the people of the district"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"An honor and highly accomplished when able to help our constituents."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of constituents and be part of the solution"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"an opportunity to participate in the political process; assist Constituents in this District."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"an opportunity to use my skills and knowledge and to gain new knowledge"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"an opportuniy to work for a wonderful Member of Congress and be part of his efforts to help others and improve things around the country and world"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"As a caseworker, I am dedicated to serving the public and being the best representative I can be for my member of Congress. I truly respect my member of Congress who is a wonderful and caring person and is well liked by a high percentage of his constituency. I know I work longer hours than most of my friends in the private sector, but I feel what I do it worth it for the constituents."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"As a constituent services representative, I am able to assist my members' constituents in navigating the labirynth of federal beauracies as we assist them in obtaining solutions to their concerns."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"assisting constituents on a day to day basis"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being a part of the democratic process and fulfilling my sense civic duty."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being able to serve the people of my district and communicate the vision of my representative."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being able to try to assist those that feel helpless, voice-less."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"Being an active member of my community. I don't think I would be nearly as interested or motivated if I were not working for my Congressional representative."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being informed on the political process and to make a difference in the lives of citizens."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being instrumental in supporting good government, good culture, and admirable values for the entire country."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Chance to put what I believe in in to system."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"enjoyment"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Every day is different. I am never bored. This is my last job before I retire and I feel very lucky to do this kind of work in my last years in the workforce. I have learned a lot and been able to use my skills as a social worker to the benefit of constituents and for the Member of Congress."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"For me to work for congress means to work hard and to the best of my ability for the people within the (congressional) district. In addition it means to uphold the highest standards and represent the Congressman well."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"For me, it was a retirement job that was to be short-term. I have become so involved in immigration that it has become a consuming interest."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"Great benefits, way to network and learn more about the federal government in order to find a more specialized career path."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in my country. Being able to have a positive impact on the lives of people of the US."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Having the ability to have a front row seat in an area that has an effect its constitutents."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping constituents."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"Helping people"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping people and sharing information"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping people get the services they deserve."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping people in this district from casework to funding community projects to connecting them to resources in my role as a public servant."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping people. Helping people through casework and educating them about civic engagement."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"helping the greater public who believes in the power Congress and their government."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping those that need it most. Making a difference in people's lives."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I am employed by the constituents whom I serve. My goal is to do what is best for them within the boundaries of the law."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I could not work for a member I did not believe in so for me it's about representing the best of Congress. There is a lot of pride knowing that you are representing a member of Congress in their district."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"I do case work so I'm helping the people directly."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"I enjoy the challenge of helping constituents solve their problems. I especially enjoy helping constituents overcome obstacles preventing them from achieving desired/eligible outcomes."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I feel very honored to work for Congress. I have never thought too much about being a US Citizen. I took it for granted however when I see people worldwide trying to come here and they have to wait 24 years. I thank God every day for living in the greatest county in the world."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I get to help people that truly need it."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I have always loved helping people and I feel that in my particular position I am able to do just that."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I have enjoyed working for Congress and the impact we have on our constituents' lives through casework."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I like that I am able to make a difference in the lives of the constituents."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I like working with different people to help them solve the problems of their lives. With this job there comes a real sense of accomplishment."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"I m helping to fix people's problems. I am doing the people's work."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"I provides me with the opportunity to serve the underprivileged and otherwise unheard in my community. I enjoy the opportunity to be a "voice" for someone else when they are frustrated or hurting. Furthermore, it has been one of the highlights of my young career to work for an individual with whom I hold such great respect and admiration."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I strongly believe in my Congressman"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I use it as a means of helping people across our district."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I want to help people, whether in Congress or out of Congress"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I will never be afforded this chance again."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Inclusion in the government process, hopefully in a meaningful way."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"it allows me the continuation of service to my country after serving 23 1/2 yrs in the Air Force."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"It allows me the opportunity to help people."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It allows me the opportunity to help the public with the specific area I am assigned to deal with."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is amazing to be able to (in a small way) help to shape policy, public opinion and generally have an effect on our country's government. After working in the private sector for years, this feels more meaningful. I get to speak to constituents every day and I hear the issues that affect the "average" person's life. It is interesting to me."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is an honor to serve the Congressman and the constituents of the district. When positive results are achieved it represents a win win for all. Even though the outcome hoped for wasn't reached, the constituent knows we did all that we could within the rules and regs of the agencies involved."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means being part of our Nation's History working with the Constitution as it was set up. I believe in working with the Constituents in the district to help them and help their voices be heard."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"It means having the prestige and power to actually help people experiencing problems with the federal bureaucracy and the satisfaction of helping veterans and immigrants."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means I made it farther than I ever dreamed in planning my career path. It means affording constituents a real person to talk to when they encounter problems with a federal agency. It means solving the problems constituents face when working with a fed agency. It means supporting a member I believe in in a way that volunteering or even a vote does not."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means making a difference in the actual lives of the constituents we help, the interns we train, and work I do in the world. It also means helping support the work and vision of my boss, which is vital."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means the world. As a caseworker, I find my job very rewarding when I can assist a constituent usually in a time of high stress with a federal agency. It’s another way that Representatives can directly reach out and help out on the ground level and it makes a difference."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means to not only work for the government but also for the people."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means you influence the lives of people on a daily basis and in some cases are able to assist them immediately. Public policy affects peoples lives and because I work for a member of congress, I am part of that process. It is gratifying to know that you are part of something big and as a public servant are doing your part to advocate for those who do not have a voice."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"It provides me a chance to serve my fellow Americans while feeling as though I am at the center of big national issues."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Means helping people and helping the Member with his vision and goals."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Opportunity to serve the people in my community to resolve/address federal issues. It means everything to be able to give them hope and resolution to difficult problems. Many (veterans, other public servents) have already given more than I will ever be able to for the freedoms that I enjoy. Being here I can give just a wee bit back I also love watching the fabric of our country's policies change before my eyes."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"personal satisfaction"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Primarily, it means helping the constituent who feels he/she cannot find the help anywhere else and turns to their Congressional member as a last resort. By helping that person, I feel I am giving him/her a reason to appreciate their government at work and be glad that they someone truly cares about their well-being."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Self satisfaction for helping those most in need. Having the opportunity to refer the marginalized to needed services. In addition, having the opportunity to act as liaison to Federal departments to those with concerns and issues."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the people of Indiana"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Since my job is mostly focused on constituent service, I am honored to be in the position of helping people."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ability to resolve constituent casework with the appropriate agencies and the satisfaction that those results provide."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to help my congressman with the goals he has to improve and sustain our state and country."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to serve and assist constituents from my district"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"THE POSSIBILITY TO SERVE MY COMMUNITY AND MY COUNTRY"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Through work as liaison in constituent services, I can give back to the veterans and active duty members of the military who have given of themselves, given their time, lives, and the quality of their family life to protect my freedoms."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"To me, it means having the opportunity to serve others and help shape our future."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"trying to provide the best staff for a hard working member"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working for Congress means that I have an important responsibility to serve the constituents through their unique conflicts with federal agencies, therein lies motivation and satisfaction in the successful resolution of a constituent's troubles."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress gives me the ability to help those in our district through casework. I also am allowed an ear to our general public by serving as a field representative."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress means I have a voice in the governing our our great nation and am part of a community of individuals working to secure our national interest."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress means I have an opportunity to help others understand the political process and I can pass on their concerns."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress means that I have a duty to serve the people of my district and advocate for them whenever the need should arise."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working with the constituents learning their needs, likes and dislikes. Helping them to know what Congress does and what services we can help them with,"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means I get to help people. It allows me to have a voice for the constituents. It allows me to gain expierience so I might one day hold public office."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Full committee
Republican
House
"I enjoy being able to effect peoples' lives in a positive way. I like learning new information and being somewhat knowledgeable on a variety of topics that impact Americans."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"Working in Congress means that I get to help people. I get to make a distance and clear road blocks when I can. If Federal Government offices are not able to assist the constituent then I try to lead them in a dirction where they can obtain the help they need! Its personal satisfaction that when I go home, I know that I have done my very best to help as many people as possible. It means that I am part of something big and good and satisfying."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"public service"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"An opportunity to help constituents go through red tape."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"being a civil servant, helping this country and my state."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Being part of decision making that brings about change for all people."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being the liaison between the people of the United States and their law making body and administrative agencies."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Commitment to advancing a political philosophy while assisting the citizens of my state in understanding and working with the federal government."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Dedicating time and energy to helping resolve problems - both individual and systemic. This is a genuine office goal."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"helping americans gain access to the government and federal programs."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Helping people and being a part of a bigger picture."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"I enjoy helping constituents"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I have daily satisfaction of being able to assist and help people in my community because of my member of the Senate."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It gives me a better understanding of politics."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means I get to serve my state and country while working for an individual that I admire and respect."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It means that my part or the way I conduct myself in my position significantly impacts the view of my Congressional Representative to his constituency. If I conduct myself in a bad way, then his position is not favorable and therefore what he wishes to accomplish in Washington may not be perceived well because of my actions toward the citizens of this state. But, if I go out of my way to assist people who come to our office for help, then my attitude toward helping them helps my Representative because he is seen in a good light by those whom I've assisted. By helping those who need help I indirectly impact the work being done in Congress because I believe I've helped to formulate a favorable opinion of my Representative by conducting myself in a professional, sincere and courteous manner towards those who need help."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It's an opportunity to be part of making my government work better for its citizens. Working for my senator and being a public servant has been the most rewarding and meaningful work I have done. Previously I was a business/commercial litigation attorney."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It's an opportunity to help constituents and serve the public."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"making a difference to people who don't know or understand the system, helping them through the bureacracy to serve their needs and the community with what is right under our laws"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Opportunity to help people in a tangible way while having a window into the broader public policy issues of the day. Opportunity to bring the individual perspectives and experiences of constituents forward and influence legislation and spending priorities."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Opportunity to serve my fellow mankind.Veterans being my number one priority."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Serving the American Public is an amazing honor. Working in Congress has allowed me to personally assist thousands of constituents. The simple act of helping to rescue a dolphin to the more complex of helping immigrants become US Citizens. This service is nescary and very meaningful."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"That every day I get to help an honorable man and friend who I believe in work towards making people's days end a little bit better than how they started."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"the ability to help individuals with issues created by big government"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"The opportunity to do my best to help the people of my state and country"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"The opportunity to help people in my home state."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Working in Congress is a terrific opportunity to gain a better understanding of our system of government. Working in a state/district office specifically allows me to do work where I can actually see results. I am able to act as an ombudsman for individuals who may not be able to help themselves, and I am deeply gratified to have this chance."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress means having the opportunity to listen to and respond to the needs of our constituents, being able to relay true life experiences to policy makers and affect future legislation and ultimately solve challenges and improve lives. Most people I know who work in Congress enter this field because of a passion for impacting social, economic and international policy and make our world a better place--government has the ability to do this. I find my work meaningful, gratifying and impactful. I feel we truly make a difference."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"Assisting people in defining their problem and then going to the right place to get a solution. Helping people through the federal maze that is often created by big government."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"I have already spent many years working in the private sector, and being in management. I want now to give back - and as a caseworker I can do just that. It certainly does not hurt that I have a high opinion of our system of government and have great admiration for the Senator that I work for."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"pride and satisfaction in helping constituents"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"Using my past experience to help a Senator whose vision matches mine."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"An opportunity to truly make a difference in people's lives."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Because I feel so passionately about my Member's voice, I feel happy to take care of things in the District so that she can put emphasis on the message constituents want expressed in DC."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"Being able to ensure that constituents get the voice they deserve before their Representative"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"By working in Congress, I am serving my country and constituents. I love public service and the impact it has on an individual or group. To give back is the ultimate reward for me."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Contributing to the common good in the U.S."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"Great accomplishment"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping constituent of our district navigate the tough bureaucracy and red tape of the U.S. Government."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Helping constituents with their Federal agency problems. We are the direct link to the Government and first hand knowledge about how our Government works and how it is the best Government in the world."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"Helping to advance the vision of an exceptional American leader."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I am proud to help constituents and be an employee of the U.S. House of Representatives."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I enjoy being part of what goes on in the nation."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"I enjoy making a meaningful difference in a person's life. I know of no other employment where this can be accomplished to the degree that is possible when working for a federal elected official."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I get a feeling of accomplishment in helping constituents"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I got an opportunity to help people who are most in need, and to try to make a positive impact on their lives, especially veterans, who have given us so much."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I have an opportunity to do interesting significant work to help people in their daily lives."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I love my job!! I enjoy my office, office staff, and the vision of my representative. This is the best job that I have ever had."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"I really enjoy getting to meet and serve people. That is my main drive for continuing to do this job."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I work for a man who believes in the Constitution of the United States. He also has high moral standards, uses a lot of commonsense in his voting and with the members of his staff."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"In my particular case I am working for a Congressional Representative that I believe in and admire - who is moving through her term with a purity of purpose and is also someone I can call friend."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It has allowed me the opportunity to understand the entire political process and the specific role of the Representative."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is an opportunity to help people directly (I do casework and outreach)"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means assisting constituents on a federal level. When an individual has a problem with a federal agncy, I can assist or if they want federal legislative changes, I can relay that to the US Rep."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means helping people in my congressman's district as effectively as possible with any federal problem they may encounter. I believe in my Congressman's vision and enjoy being able to represent him as an employee."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means making a difference. By the time constituency interfaces with a District Office they may be angry, curious about a decision congress has made and how it will impact them or want to share an opinion or feeling angst over a federal issue we can help with. If we can sooth, explain positively, listen attentively or resolve a federal casework issue we are doing good deeds. It is never boring. What could be better?"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"It means participating to a further extent in the political process of the greatest country on earth."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"service to the people"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the people. Working everyday to make America a better place to live, work and raise a family."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"The ability to help people and affect change for the better"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to resolve serious (and perceived serious) constituent problems for my congressman. Being part of the solution...a helpful, caring side of the political process."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress is a way to help those who cannot help themselves, to educate those who are misinformed on the political process and to help keep America strong by engaging our youth by setting a good example, giving them a sense of history and encouraging them to be involved in a positve way."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It gives me the opportunity to work in Government, which is the career path I always had in mind."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"to make a difference for the good of others reflecting a servant's attitude with confidence and boldness"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"What working in Congress means to me is that I get to help our Veterans with their issues and I am very thankful for that."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"Service"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Service."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A constructive, meaningful, and interesting opportunity."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"a gratfied feeling of helping constituents that need our help with the situations that they are experiencing with the federal government and agencies."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"A great deal. I enjoy serving the constituents of our district."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"ability to listen directly to constituents and get that information to the congress in a more timely fashion."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"An opportunity to be of service to the public."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"an opportunity to positively impact on people"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"An opportunity to serve the constituents of our district and support my member in her vision for restoring America's liberty, prosperity and sovereignty."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Ability to contribute to the civic life of this country and work for someone who has the vision and leadership skills to actually move the country in a direction i agree with. It is one of the few jobs in my region that allow a person with my political interests to earn a decent wage."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being a part of something much much bigger than myself and the Member."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I have the opportunity to work in a position that allows me the opportunity to assist constituents with various problems with agencies that I have access to by virtue of my position in a congressional office."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Interesting, fast paced, chance to make a diffenence in peoples lives."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It gives me an opportunity to see first-hand some of the real issues that others deal with and it gives me a real sense of satisfaction to know that I am instrumental in resolving some of those issues. I also get an insider's view into the life of a public servant."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It means that my respect and admiration for the government has decreased significantly."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"My career has made a difference to the public good."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"My country has been good to me and everyone should give back in some form or another, even if it is in a paid positon. Working for the particular Congressman that I do, I am extremely proud of what little I can do to help him - to help my country."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Provide assistance to the people of the State."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Providing real assistance to real people"
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"The opportunity to assist constituents in my area of expertise."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Working in Congress fulfills my calling to public service and allows me to put all of my skills and abilities to use in a dynamic work environment."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress provides me with the opportunity to serve my country and my state without having to run for public office and be the "public face" of the office."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working with someone who has a similiar vision on ways to improve our country and state."
Caseworker/Constituent Services Supervisor/Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"a desire to help make our nation a better place for the future"
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Ability to make a difference; to make the world a slightly better place when I leave it, than when I came in; give back to those who need it most but were not granted the enormous privilege I have been given; serve a good greater than the pursuit of profit."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"ability to serve and make a difference on key issues"
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"I feel like what we accomplish in Congress makes a real difference in people's lives. It's motivating to know that real people will be impacted by the decisions we make and what we are able to do."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"involvement in trying to get our country through problems"
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is not a job or even a career; it's a "life experience." Few individuals have the opportunity to serve a higher cause and work for the greatest body of the greatest county that has ever existed. And we get to help people. Being here is a tremendous privilege."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means being able to serve the people of my home district and to be respected for the work that I do."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means having good job security within any two-year period of time. That's more than a lot of people have in this economy."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It's like any job, but the consequences and possibilities of the work are limitless."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the American people. Trying to make a difference in a very complicated, confusing, combative process."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"To be able to support my Congressperson and his district ... it means everything to me."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress has allowed me to be a creative problem solver for my community."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in the middle of th action in a place where young people can do a lot."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I can help this nation at the center of policy and power. My congressman has a great vision of what needs to be done and we the staff are aiding this effort."
Chief of Staff
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"helping others resolve problems with the government"
Chief of Staff
Split
Personal office
Republican
House
"Incredible opportunity to help shape our country and most importantly to serve our constituents, esp in this challenging economic climate."
Chief of Staff
Split
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It is one of the most important jobs I can have to respond to the challenges we face and play a very small part in advancing my values and beliefs."
Chief of Staff
Split
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Playing a small role in the shaping of history and the future of our nation."
Chief of Staff
Split
Personal office
Republican
House
"Serving your country and hopefully making a difference in a reasonably stable environment"
Chief of Staff
Split
Personal office
House
"I enjoy having the ability to help people improve their lives, either individually through casework or collectively through legislative."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"professional fulfillment, service to country"
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Serve my Senator, my State, and my Country."
Chief of Staff
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"being part of our government, which serves the people, is a rewarding calling."
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"being part of something that matters"
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It allows me to have a voice in the national debate."
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means the chance to be involved in decisions that shape American and the world. Extremely important and historical decisions are made daily, and Congressional staff who stick around long enough might have a shot at being in the room when significant issues are being dealt with."
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Public service is the highest calling"
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress gives me an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself--a part of hopefully helping our nation through one of the most challenging times in our history."
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It is important to communicate the issues that the constituents of our rural district need to better understand, as well as letting our Congressman know how they feel about certain issues. It is also important to let our district know exactly what our Congressman can do and has done for them, as well as his vision for our future."
Communications Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means having a very very small role in the debates over the most important issues facing our country. As a communications director it also means the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about a tremendous variety of areas of public policy and, once in a great while, the chance to help shape the debate in a small way in one of those areas. Finally, as much as it deserves its atrocious public perception, Congress is still a critical institution in our society and it is somewhat meaningful to be part of that and to have a role in helping a member fulfill his responsibility of communicating with his constituents."
Communications Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Every day I have an opportunity to make our communities and our country better, and I get to work with smart, interesting people who are passionate about what they do. I love my job in larger part because it is always changing, challenging, and rewarding."
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It's an opportunity to work for a very kind person who cares about our state and country and preserving as much of our freedoms as we can."
Communications Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"An opportunity to work with similar-minded colleagues for a member who shares the same vision to improve our country and the lives of ordinary Americans."
Correspondence Manager/Mailroom Supervisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means being a public servant, being held to a higher standard and working hard. It's an honor and a privilege that shouldn't be taken lightly."
Correspondence Manager/Mailroom Supervisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It's an opportunity to serve my country and to advocate for the principles of my party."
Correspondence Manager/Mailroom Supervisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Service to my country as a civilian"
Correspondence Manager/Mailroom Supervisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means serving my country and helping other Americans, whether it's helping by answer phones, responding to letters, or assisting other aspects of the office. Congress is the conscience of America and is the one place where your voice can be heard."
Correspondence Manager/Mailroom Supervisor
DC
Full committee
Republican
Senate
"I enjoy the ability to influence public policy and engaging in the strategies to reach legislative goals."
Counsel (Chief/General/Legislative)
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ability to use my legal skills and my interest in public policy to achieve policy outcomes that I desire."
Counsel (Chief/General/Legislative)
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"A chance to for folks to do the right thing and think about others. Doesn't seem to happen around here often enough lately."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being able to take my values and my experience and put them into practice in a way that can affect public policy. That's hard to replicate anywhere else."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Have the ability to change the world"
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I do feel honored to be part of the process and in a sense, history"
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"I enjoy meeting new people who influence the decisions that govern the country. The challenge of problem solving and keeping three offices running smoothly is very rewarding."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress gives me an opportunity to address issues that are important to the residents of my district and beyond. My discipline is policy analysis and this is a place where I can put those skills and knowledge to good use."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress provides an opportunity to influence some of the most important decisions affecting our country today. It allows me to help the people of my community and my state and build a better future for our country."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Leadership
Republican
House
"A chance to aid others and give back to my community and country"
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"A rewarding experience to help those who are in need."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Different challenges, helping people, intersting."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I get a chance to research policy issues and make them meaningful (casework) to the lives of people in our district."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I greatly enjoy serving my community and trying to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow citizens."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is very challenging and rewarding"
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Career, unexpected, familiar, interesting, challenge, unique, sometimes still honorable, comfortable, family, belonging."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"direct public service."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress means that I am part of the fundamental support structure for the country itself. My work matters because it helps hold the country together."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Meaningful work for a member personally know and respect and the only person I would leave retired life to reenter the workplace."
Deputy Chief of Staff/Administrative Director
District/State
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"It is a rare opportunity to use my skills for a meaningful purpose."
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"the chance to assist our Congressman to be the best possible representative to the people of our congressional district and to help make his difference at the national level."
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means being having the opportunity to be part of the policy-making process, as well as effectively communicating and informing constituents about what leaders are doing -- or trying to do -- in Washington to improve their lives and our nation."
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress means that I'm one of the few Americans who has the privilege to work in a place that has a profound significance to our country's culture and economy (and much of the worlds), not to mention a very powerful and historical place. Working here is an adventure every day, but unfortunately, lately that adventure has become depressing. You must accept that as a Congressional staffer, many Americans see you as an entitled, out-of-touch enemy, which is exactly the opposite of how we see ourselves. To me, being a staffer means you must be content to serve the public quietly or being vilified while you're doing it, and often for lesser pay than other federal employees. Between the nasty political rancor, sometimes round-the-clock hours, and low pay, you have to *really* want to be a public servant. That's why so many of us only last a few years here, and why my office is such a spectacular one in which to work."
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"A sense of helping people by being honest and understanding of people's needs without compromising the values of the Constitution or the freedoms this great country has offered for over 200 years."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"ability to help people is unsurpassed"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"After a life of enjoying politics from the outside looking in, the opportunity of being a part of a congressional staff to see exactly how it works and to be a part of a solution to an issue has been great."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"After many years in the private sector, I accepted this position as District Director. In the private sector, I achieved high levels of professional success and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to my community and make real differences in the lives of the constituents of this district."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being a part of turning the country back in the right direction."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Better access to resources/information/education for constituents."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"Bringing the highest level of American government to a community that I care deeply about."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Having never worked with politics, I love being in this arena and learning something new every day about the process. I feel as though my work is worthwhile both to the Member and to the constituents in District."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Having the opportunity to support/help my boss make a positive difference in the lives of the people of our district."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I am able to affect people's lives and assist those that cannot find their way."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I am proud to work for the Congressman and it provides me with an opportunity to fully engage with our government."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I believe in my representative and the principles he ran for office to promote. I believe I am helping fulfill an important agenda. I ran my boss's original campaign full time for two years without compensation. I'm a true believer. As long as my boss has a need for me, I'll be here."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I love being able to make a difference in people's lives and to improve the quality of life in my city. Right now it's starting to mean stagnant salary and no opportunity of anything better."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I work in my home district and appreciate the opportunity to work on projects or activities that benefit the part of my state that means the most to me. I also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing my work strengthens the position of the member in thie district."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I'm not standing on the sidelines."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Interesting work that uses my skills in public service with good people."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means that I am part of a very small group of people who have the privilege of working in a congressional office. I believe I make a difference in the lives of others. My member has incredible strengths and truly believes the work he does adds value to the lives of his constituents. I proudly share his vision."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means that i have an opportunity to affect public policy with and on behalf of my Representative and the district she serves."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It was a great opportunity to learn more about the federal government and to help people navigate the federal agencies when they need help."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"it's very interesting. it give me the chance to work with all kind of people with diverse knowledge."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Independent
House
"Lower pay, longer hours than in comparable private sector job. Meaningful work, prestige, compatibility in values with staff and boss, good people attracted to the job"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Making a difference and serving others."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"making a difference for the future and a close working relationship with the congressman and the District"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Opportunity to network in my community"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Prestigious"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"Public Service. An opportunity the make my country and the world a better place."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving people. untangling the bureaurcracy."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Serving the public for a member I believe in who has the best interest of his communty and region."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"That I can be an advocate for the constituents that my Member of Congress represents and a resource to help make their life better. And the privlege to work for a member who leads the staff's work, as a team, sharing the common goal and values of pulic service."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ability to serve people in need"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"the ability to serve the public effectively as well as influence public policy locally and nationally."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ablility to serve the constituency, to affect policy, to be a liason and advocate for those who don't have the ability to resolve their problems or understand how the federal government works."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to accomplish my life's mission and to meet the goal of my alma mater's motto, "Ut Prosim" -- "That I May Serve." The rewards from helping people who can't break through the bureaucracy themselves are great and longlasting."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"The opportunity to have a lasting impact, serve citizens and work with a broad cross -section of our district"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to help people with their problems, serve my community, and in some small way, help shape public policy."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"to be a part of a small group of people on the front lines fighting for our nation's future"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress means being able to impact public policy in a positive fashion for the communities I care about"
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in congressman allows me to work on issues that directly impact on the constituents and issues within the district in which I live."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A lot - I see it as an important public service."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I enjoy the opportunity to be involved in the federal government and policy making."
District Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"I love serving the people of the state I work for. And I love working with people that are shaping history."
Executive Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"An opportunity to embody the meaning of public service through my work."
Executive Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping those who don't even know help is available. Letting people know there is someone who cares and WILL listen."
Executive Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I am a part of the Wounded Warriors program. In my job I help veterans/military and my congressman is very dedicated to the same cause. I do get a lot of personal satisfaction out of helping my fellow veterans and wounded!"
Executive Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I feel a sense of being part of working for the bettermenrt of our consitutents. A change to be in a position that can help."
Executive Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It is rewarding to work hard and to achieve high standards to help constituents. I feel I am achieving to help someone if only in a small way. Even though we work long hours and for less money in the private sector, as long as I feel some accomplishment in assisting a constituent it makes it worth while."
Executive Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Public service."
Executive Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Working in Congress signifies working on behalf of the constituents whom my Senator represents. It means working to improve their lives, to promulgate justice, security, and peace for both the state and the country. It also means working on behalf of the otherwise powerless and voiceless in the country--the marginalized, the weak, the poor--and remembering them in legislation and in our daily work."
Executive Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Helping people and making a difference"
Executive Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"a good job supporting a man that I believe in"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
"A wonderful oportunity to serve my district. It is not about the salary, hours, promotion or prestige. It is about serving constituents."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
"A chance to change my community for the better."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A significant way to change the world around me and make a positive impact."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"A very satisfying job."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"ability to help people get federal resources and make a difference and being the congressional member's eyes and ears in the community"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"After 23-years in the military, working in Congress means continuing my service to others."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"allows me to help folks in my district"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"An opportunity to improve the quality of life for all citizens in the XXth Congressional District."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"An opportunity to learn more about the congressional district I live in and help those who are in much need."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"An opportunity to make a positive difference in the future of our nation."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"An opportunity to serve people and my country."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"An overall opportunity to assist the public and support the vision of the member."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being a part of a government with a constitution I strongly believe in"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being able to help people on a daily basis. Applying what works and doesn't work with real people to possible policy solutions across the Nation."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being part of what goes on in a day to day process of nearly everything that affects all of us."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"good use of my experience in politics; enjoyable work; flexible hours"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Helping constituents get the treatment and respect they deserve no matter what the issue."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"I enjoy the Challging and Satisition I get from helping people!"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I enjoy working to create change from within the system. Though the public sentiment about working in Congress is low at this time, I think it gives my life purpose and relevance."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I feel a great deal of responsiblity to represent my boss properly and assist him and bringing information and assistance to people in our district in any way I can through my casework and through my outreach as a liaison."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"I love helping constituents in my district!"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I strongly support my Member's efforts to uphold our country's Constitutional values and our national defense. My efforts help to keep a genuine statesman in office to serve and defend our nation."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"In the district it means that I can have direct contact with the people we are serving and direct contact to agencies that are here to assist"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"interesting work and ability to contribute locally"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Interesting, important work that contributes to the present and future quality of life in my state and our country and promotes accessible, representative democracy."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Involved in issues of my communityt."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It allows me to contact the people government effects and come up with a solution."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"It gives me an opportunity to help people."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is a chance to learn more about the operation of the federal government"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"It is the opportunity to serve my country outside of the military and the opportunity be part of something great."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means a chance for me to help my Country,State and District improve. I am very proud to have my job."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means a commitment to serving the constituents in the district that I provide staff support for and in representing my member in assisting and implementing her vision of commitment to communuity service."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means a first hand look at how our Country is managed. It is also a belief that even the smallest district can have formidable representation."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means a great deal to me. I am aligned with the Member's vision and enjoy working with our constituents."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means being able to help others and to help get the right message out"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"It means I get to be the ears and eyes of the Congressman. While he is in DC, I take his place at events, formal nd unformal. Working in Congress means learning the intricacies of the legislative process"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means that I am able help constituents with various issues, including case work, as well as working directly within the legislative process."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Making a difference in our communities and for the overall nation while representing your member."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Opportunity to be an active participant in democracy"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"personnal gratification"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Provides an opportunity to serve the public while doing interesting and varied work."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Public servant dedicated to helping my Congressman pass practical legislation that supports improvements and betterment in our state and country."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Public Service. Helping people. Helping my member be more effective."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"Serving people; supporting the Member's vision, which is shared by constituents; connecting people with their government."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"that I can connect different peoples in the community and help be part of the solution."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ability to help with the direction my couontry is going/needs to go"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"the ability to represent my member in our district is VERY important to me...and the ability to help folks in need makes things even more meaningful."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"The ability to serve the people that the Member represent and areas that are familiar to me."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to help others through federal bureacracies"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The pride of serving my fellow man."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Independent
House
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I love this job. My colleagues are intelligent, hard working, classy individuals. It is an environment that allows me the opportunity to associate with wonderful, gracious, elegant people. I am extremely proud of my Representative; and fellow Senators in our Delegation."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"To assist the Congressman in communicating his vision to the people of the District, to make sure they, in turn, are able to communicate their issues to the Congressman's office and to overall help constituents who have issues with federal entities."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Unique opportunities"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for Congress means assisting my Representative with the vision she has for America. I also get great joy from assisting the people of my state in their dealings with the federal government."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working for Congress means I am part of the solution, and not the problem."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress means serving our country and the people. It means that we help people who need assistance and help them understand the process. As staff who work in the DO, we work hard to bridge the distance that separates DC and our District by being out in the community, trying to make Congress and the federal government more local to our constituents. As staff, I hope that, even though we are part of the big federal government, people know that we do care and want to help them have a better quality of life."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress means working for the people, all people, and in particular, the underserved. It means learning how to navigate a system to help empower voices that ware often times overlooked in society."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping the eople in our district."
Field Representative
District/State
Full committee
Republican
House
"It serves as a capstone to the hard work and time put into gaining an education and the steps climbed to obtain successes and accomplishment."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"The opportunity to make a difference in people's lives"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"Working for my Congressman is a joy. I wouldn't work for just anyone in Congress."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
House
"A commitment to help people live a quality of life."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"All of the previous items. Decent pay, great benefits, great working environment, great management, best Senator ever."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"An opportunity to serve my member and work to help those in who need help obtain the help needed and seek to make the world a better place by working to ensure that the same opportunity is afforded to all people regardless of color or economic status"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being able to help people utilize their own government"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being part of the solution, not the problem."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Civic duty."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"getting things done for others"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I am able to make a significant impact on my community through my work. I would not be able to do so without the force of a US Senator behind me. I believe in my boss, and trust he makes the right choices for my state. My work helps him stay in office. I can go home at the end of the week and really feel like I am having a positive impact on people and their lives."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I get to help people on almost a daily basis. I am valued for being doggedly persistent and a passionate advocate for vulnerable people. and I get to identify issues and solve problems at a community level. And my Senator is fully supportive of solving problems and being of service."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It is a chance to serve, to bring our politics back from the brink. It provides an opportunity to revive the faith of the American people in their government, and to fight for good government over no government. I could do a lot of things, but I feel the impact here is more substantial."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It is a privilege because salary and benefits are excellent, and I believe in the ideology of my employer."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means that I can help people and communities in a variety of ways."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means the opportunity to try to do good or help, or make progress toward something good every day, and to improve the world we live in with respect to issue areas that are important to me."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It provides an opportunity to advocate for those who don't normally have a voice in the policy making process. Additionally, I like being in a position that allows me to share information with community leaders to help them achieve their goals and build stronger communities."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"my life is my work, and my work is making the world better one action and day at a time"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Opportunity to do what I believe in, serve my community, and help find solutions."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Service and loyalty to a member that represents the public well is job satisfaction. Difficult if not a shared vision or message."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"the opportunity to do good things"
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"The opportunity to share the vision of my Senator with others. Th eopportunity to find solutions to the numerous needs of rural communities, county governments, public schools, etc."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"As a former state representative and mayor of my community, it is a chance to integrate policies and practices up the line."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"Helping communities/individuals help themselves through legislation."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"Helping people, compensation, medical benefit and other benefits, staying involved and informed with the United States government and other goverments."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"It means I work for someone I respect and who is makling a difference plus I find the work personally meaningful."
Field Representative
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"Working for Congress means that I am a part of helping our Nation grow each year. The Nation doesn't grow by itself; people grow the nation!"
Financial Administrator
DC
Personal office
House
"The ability to meaningfully impact people's lives and government policy."
Legislative Assistant
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A chance to give back to my state and help people in poverty."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A chance to make a difference and serve as a behind the scenes public servant."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A chance to make a real contribution and shape the national dialogue on the issues of the day. A chance to help people."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being a sponge and learning everything possible that will help me in serving my Congressional District along with future professional positions."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being near the center of extremely significant developments in public policy and practice. The possibility of a wide variety of interesting and challenging experiences in any given day."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Fighting against the Majority"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Getting to influence public policy is a very exciting and humbling experience. It's great to get to work on issues that you're passionate about and have regular contact with constituents to alert you to new problems or ideas for legislation."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"having the ability to make a positive difference in the world."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping out my home state is my main motivation. I feel that through elected officials, constituents have the ability to influence policy decisions and as a staffer, we are here to help achieve those visions."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I enjoy working for my home district. I know how things will influence my friends and family back home compared to the rest of the country and want to look out for them. I also feel like we are at a big change in America's history and want to say that I tried to do something to make it better"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"I get to try and make the world a better place."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Invaluable experience; an interesting, unpredictable environment; and the opportunity to actually change the world."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It is an opportunity to improve my personal professional skills everyday. I regularly have opportunities to challenge myself and participate in work that I feel is meaningful. I leave work with a sense of accomplishment that I didn't have when working the private sector. I enjoy knowing that I am contributing to something that improves or is valuable in others' lives."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means providing excellent constituent services and promoting my boss' priorities for his / her district."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means that sometimes I have the ability to fix a problem for some people and every once in awhile feel like I'm working towards the greater good."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Long hours, low pay, little gratitude..but a feeling of being part of something meaningful."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Making a difference and helping making things better for people"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Making a difference through legislation"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Personal and professional development. A launching pad for someone without an advanced degree. An opportunity to promote positive change."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Putting my education and experience to use to help people."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Sacrificing many of the perks of the private/not-for-profit world (compensation, travel, work hours) to contribute to something greater than myself."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving as an example to others that government can and does do good work by opposing those who seek to demonize and dismantle its institutions."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the country in a thoughtful manner"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the institution which represents the will of the American people."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"The ability to use my talents and training to serve the public and advance the causes in which I believe."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to influence the policy debate as well as challenge myself with ever-increasing responsibilities and issue range."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"The possibility of making a difference"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means being committed to helping your memebr achieve his or her legislative goals, and to help constituents."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means that I am making a difference for my family and my future children."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It means working toward improving the country."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It's an opportunity to help shape policy in a meaningful way."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Its what I always wanted to do."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Serving the Senator to best represent his constituency."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"The opportunity to be a part of something much larger than myself--serving a senator with a clearly defined vision who is a person of principle and commitment. He has been a force for responsible leadership and constructive legislation serving the needs of our constituents and our nation. Despite the long hours and demands it imposes on both me and my family, I consider this opportunity to serve as a rare and special privilege."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"The opportunity to learn about and evaluate different policy options, and help people navigate the legislative process."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"chance to make a difference"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I feel privileged to be able to serve my country by participating in the legislative process."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I love my job. I love being able to impact the direction of the policies i'm directly involved wth."
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means a great opportunity which is very unique as well as an opportunity to serve my nation"
Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Doing my part in helping people find consensus to solve national policy problems."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"helping people where i came from. ability to use this as a spring board to better opportunities"
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"I like feeling like my work has the potential to make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling or to give them hope that things will get better."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I like the legislative work, and I like serving my hometown district. I like feeling like I'm somehow involved in important parts of our government"
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I love working up on the Hill because I have always believed that in order to make true change; you need to be where the laws are being made. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work for a Member of Congress who holds the same values as I do, and want to share that vision with both constituents and the rest of the country."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means a fulfillment of a desire to work in public service, to understand how our country is shaped, and provide the best policies, opportunities, and future for my fellow Americans."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means having the ability to make government and the political process work the way they should."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Long, unpredictable hours; yet working in a place that hold so much history for the United States."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"serving the constituents of our district and my country"
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"The opportunity to help people and influence decisions that impact the whole country"
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for Congress means opportunity to me. DC and Congress gives me access to opportunities I would never have had access to back home."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress is an opportunity for public service that also allows me to impact public policy and build my resume."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I appreciate the opportunity to go to work everyday and assist a member that I believe is taking concrete steps to better society within America as well as our standing internationally."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I love doing good for my state. It is also a good stepping stone to a job in the private sector I might not have been able to reach otherwise."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"I worked on the member's campaign, and enjoy having the opportunity to help carry out campaign promises."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It provides a sense of satisfaction in being able to help others and be a voice for those who need one."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"Providing a voice for the little guy, which often gets lost in a world where entertainment media and politics collide. Also, working in Congress allows me to be a counterweight to prevailing assumptions and group think, even if my efforts are futile more often than not."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress means working on behalf of my family and friends back in the state. It means that I care about the problems facing our country and would rather work too much for too little pay to deal with them than find a private sector job."
Legislative Correspondent
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"An opportunity to serve my community and help set national policy, in particular to ensure those least well off don't slip through the safety net, and that middle class Americans can achieve the American dream."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being a public servant and helping to make a difference in the District that I work for. In addition, it has been a dream since I was young to work in Congress and I have always beein involved in government/politics, so it was the ultimate goal for me professionally."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being able to find solutions - plus pension"
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being able to help influence a Member of Congress's policy stances in a positive way makes me feel like i'm actually making a difference in the world."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being able to put my intelligence, skills, dedication and passion at the service of others, to help those in need, those who suffer, those who are trying to make the world a better place."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"contributing my skills and talents to assist a Member do his/her best to represent the voters/constituents."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Following my dream; helping people; protecting the American dream; it's my duty to give back."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"helping people."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I love being part of the public process and feel extremely loyal to my boss and his vision. However, I feel like the public doesn't understand or appreciate what I do, which I find increasingly frustrating."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It has given me the opportunity to move up much more quickly than I would have in the private sector. The responsibilities and experience have been great and the only reason I have stayed as long as I have."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is a dream realized. I enjoy working on behalf of people who cannot represent themselves. I just wish they would appreciate it more."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"opportunity of a lifetime"
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Service and the opportunity to constantly learn and do new things. Moreover, the opportunity to provide advice and counsel to a member of Congress."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for Congress is a way for me to serve my country. Congress needs smart and principled individuals who are willing to sacrifice some part of their lives, whether that be a personal life, a large salary, family considerations, or something else entirely, to make our country work better, and I'm proud to be a part of that."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress gives me the opportunity to work on solutions to the challenges that face our nation, and to fight to ensure those solutions are grounded within the values which I espouse."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress has allowed me to help my boss' constituents have their voices heard in DC and to help people break through roadblocks with various agencies, governments or businesses. I am part of what is hopefully viewed as responsive and 'good government' by the people I have been able to help."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Ability to influence public policy"
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"being able to help others; ensuring public laws are passed that help, not burden, our citizens"
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Pursuing public policy to benefit country"
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"the opportunity to help a Member implement their public policy goals and help a Member transition to a new environment in which I want them to succeed. Helping accomplish good things and stop others from implementing bad policies."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress is not only an opportunity to make life better for the people of the United States, but also an opportunity for me to learn first hand how this country functions. I love the fast pace, the wide variety of issues, and the feeling of accomplishment when I help a constituent."
Legislative Director
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"great opportunity to learn the process of how our government operate."
Office Manager
"A sense of service to the country and helping out those in the district"
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Good benefits and pay."
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
House
"It means that by serving a good Member of Congress I can be part of making a difference and making better lives for people"
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"To me, working in Congress allows me to insure the internal operations are running properly so we help the constituents but also allows me the opportunity to teach young people valuable live skills as they navigate health care, taxes, student loans, retirement saving, and add to their professional skills like handling office situations - phones, regular machines - copiers, faxes, PC's, etc.. giving them life long skills"
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
House
"Trying to be a part of making the world a better place. We are fixing what's broken and helping give a voice to those in need."
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being able to help make the country better for people."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I love it! I feel fulfilled and very proud to serve the public in this manner."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It has given me the opportunity to be a small part of U.S. History and the ability to change people's lives for the better."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is where the action is. It is very satisifing to assist the constituents of the District and assist with congressional things."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It's very important to me because it affects life and change. I enjoy being a part of that."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Opportunity to serve"
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
House
"Serving our constituents, and understanding how hard your Congressional Member works to get what their community need and deserves."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"That I can help someone in need and share the vision of the people of the XXth District."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to serve the constituency is the best reward for me. I believe that the US Congress has the responsibility to ensure that the country maintains a balanced approach to serve the country as a whole. I firmly believe that the country is best served when Congress serves the people by addressing the problems that directly impact the lives of the majority of people who require the most service and programs that help balance the scales."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"This opportunity has been life changing. I am very satisfied with my role, how it serves this county. I have a genuine respect for my co-workers and their positive outlook in our ability to make a change."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working in Congress has given me great satisfaction - I enjoy all aspects of the political process and never want to leave - America is my country and I believe I and every person can make a difference for good"
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
House
"public service is important to me and Capitol Hill has been a long term career for me. I enjoy most of the people working on the Hill and I have been proud of my career."
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Serving the United States of America"
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Working for COngress is something i never imagined i would ever be doing. I get to work for some of the most powerful people in the country and watch them try to make policy that is good for everyone. It is awe inspiring most of the time."
Office Manager
DC
Personal office
Senate
"I learn something new all the time. I get to assist people with problems with federal agencies which also allows me to learn. The training with the Senate is fantastic and I enjoy facing new challenges."
Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It's interesting work"
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Meaningful job because I'm serving the American people and my state instead of serving stockholders who are looking to capitalize on business operations that I might not agree with."
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving at the pleasure of my boss, the elected official, and doing whatever he or his constituents ask of me, as long as it's legal and Constitutional."
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the people of my country and state."
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to be a part of the solution to helping making life easier for millions of Americans. Learning how the political process actually works, and then how constituents can effect change."
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping others, giving back, representing my member to the best of my ability."
Press Secretary
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping pass meaningful legislation that will improve lives."
Press Secretary
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Patriotism"
Press Secretary
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"A chance to serve my country and family/friends"
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"An opportunity to serve other citizens and learn more about how the federal govt operates"
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It means having access to power and being able to be part of something bigger than just yourself. I'm proud when I can make things go well for my senator and when everything comes together without him realizing how chaotic the process is."
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"The ability to help my boss achieve his goals and represent his constituents."
Press Secretary
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"influencing policy for the good of the country"
Professional Staff Member
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Passion to help in public service"
Professional Staff Member
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It helps me to better understand the political process."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It should be the chance to make a real contribution to your country and your community."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"My role in the office allows me to experience and learn a wide variety of subjects. It also allows me the opportunity to let people know that we are here to work for them. Making a difference in the lives of my boss's constiuents gives my job meaning and makes up for almost everything you "lose" not working in the private sector."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving the public, shaping public policy, assisting constituents, influencing the decisions that Congress makes"
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ability to makes the lives of people better."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for Congress is an important job that carrys with it a certain degree of visibility and prestige in the community. It also allows you to directly help people and make a positive impact on the District."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working to improve conditions in our country."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"beleiving in and having faith that the elected official that i work for will make a difference in federal government."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Legislative Branch Support (e.g. CBO, LOC, AOC)
House
"An opportunity to help constituents cut through bureaucratic red-tape in order to arrive at a favorable resolution. An opportunity to make the community better by assisting in providing resources that lead to educational, training, and job opportunities."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being able to serve my country and the people of my district."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Fighting for the people of the district"
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"opportunity to improve the quality of life for all americans"
Projects/Grants Director
Split
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I am pushing 60, but I still have an idealized view: working in the Congress affords me an opportunity to leave the world a better place than I found it; it gives me an opportunity to give back to the nation and the public; it allows me to be a small part in the effort to bend the curve of history toward a more just and sustainable world. I have also found opportunities to mentor junior staff and to learn, learn, learn at every step. The work is rewarding and I am still awed by the place itself. In the last few years, unfortunately, working in the Congress has also meant dealing with endless, needless conflict; a public rage inflamed by extremists; and frustration at nearly every turn. Unfortunately, working in Congress also means working impossibly long hours (and I work fewer hours than many) with inadequate resources and an endless parade of junior staffers that have not been given the time, training or skills to effectively do their jobs. The "sink or swim" approach to staff development doesn't serve the Members or the nation."
Projects/Grants Director
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"A golden opportunity to assist people in need with federal related issues as well as empowering communities and citizens."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"At least I don't work for FEMA or the IRS. It could be worse."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"opportunity to help people and to feel that I'm helping to make a positive impact on people's lives. A good feeling of being at the heart of where positive change can happen."
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Very rewarding to personal education and public service interactions goals I initiated 40 years ago!"
Projects/Grants Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"A foundation of experience, and an opportunity to serve the public. Also, an opportunity to better understand and possibly combat Congress' bad reputation."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Assisting in the legislative process. Organizing and managing citizen ideas and opinions."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I get to see on a basic level how much an individual's decisions impact the world around him."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"I have an opportunity to shake public policy that can positively effect the nation and perhaps the world."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I have been given an opportunity to work for the most amazing country in the world and to represent the people of the United States of America. I am able to experience, first hand, how our country operates."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is peronally rewarding and exciting"
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"New challenges every day and being at the center of a variety of issues."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"To me, working in Congress means actively participating in democracy, gaining valuable first-hand experience by being part of the process. The most significant part of my job is taking phone calls from people who are also actively participating in democracy by calling and voicing their opinions. Working in Congress means I get to be a part of the process that keeps the most incredible government in the world going on into the future."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for those that I represent in the VA-8th district. It also means working for my country, because my Congressman, how I strongly support does great job in representng democrats for our nation."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress gives me the opportunity to see how the legislative branch operates and function. Working here looks great on my resume and will make me more marketable for future employment else where."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A great opportunity to serve constituents while expand my resume for further my career. A career in public service is very rewarding."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"achievement"
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being able to help a greater number of people."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I means I can help people in need."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"it is a pleasure to serve our congresswoman and happy to be of some assistance"
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
House
"It is an opportunity to help the representative effectively do his job in representing the concerns and interest of those who have voted him into office."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means a sense of pride and prestige to work for a member that influences that daily lives of the American people who value and take pride in their country."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means working for the People, and assist them with whatever problems they bring to our attention regarding program services under the US Federal. Even going out of our way to hear whatever concerns they have for our US Representative to bring to the attention of our US Congress. It is a very prestigious job and am humbled to be working here. Our office is for the people and by the people so we will serve our office to their best interest."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
House
"Working for COngress means helping constituents with whatever we can."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"An opportunity to do public service and to contribute my knowledge and skills to Congress as a whole in making the right legislative decision for the best interest of the American people. I refuse to work here for corporate interests. Lobbying should be banned."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being able to help communicate the goals/vision of the representative/senator to their state and the country, as well as help shape the policies that are affecting everyone in my state and in the country."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It means receiving a great opportunity to see how Congress works so that you have a better understanding of the process."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"What working in Congress means to me is the opportunity to represent something that can create change for the greater good of American citizens and my home state."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Working in Congress gives me the opportunity to help my home state, Michigan. It means that in some small way, I'm helping Michigander's voices be heard."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being able to serve the public and feel like I'm helping them."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Working for Congress means that I get the chance to view our political system from the inside out. I get to help influence change and aid the general public in gaining access to important governmental services and their elected official."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working in Congress means working for a man and a cause that I believe in."
Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"In a state office, I believe you have the opportunity to do the micro and macro. One day I will help an individual constituent-the next day I will help leg staff with a policy change to affect individuals nationally."
Regional Director
"Having a sense of really putting democracy to work - taking theory and applying it to help our constituents one at a time. Affecting real change in people's lives for the better."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping make a Big/Small difference in someone's life"
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Helping to shape the future of the country. It means a great deal to me."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I enjoy the ability to affect change in the way our Country is Governed."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"I work in the district and can often times help make a real diffrence in a pesons life with case work despite the disfunction of the current congress"
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Responsibility to put a personal touch on the work Congress is doing and grow the relationship between the public and private sector. Communication is a key factor in any relationship."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
House
"The opportunity to assist constituents across the district in many areas that couldn't be completed efficiently by themselves."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"An opportunity to act as a conduit between the constituents and the members that represent them."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"carrying out a ministry and being resourceful to others"
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"helping people and improving their lives."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards of establishing and managing the constituent service office for a respected member of the Senate. The outreach, direct and personal service to constituents and the opportunity to manage/mentor young staffers has given me a great deal of personal satisfaction with the reconition of the positive impact that was made for constituents and staffers. I am disappointed that my Member is retiring as I feel that he is an asset to the Senate at a time when we need more Members like him and I hope to continue my public service."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It affords me the opportunity to help change the way our government functions."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It is a rewarding job to know you are making a difference in people's lives."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"It means that I am able to help the citiznes of my state and dedicate an ample amount of time to public service. I appreciate the opportunity to work for the citizens of this great state."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Opportunity to impact public policy and make sure it is applied on a local and state level. To fight for those that have little traditional power or influence."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Public service and loyalty to my Sentor are very important to me. I believe in Senator Grassley and have a strong connection to his principles. I am close to retirement age but hope to continue working for him as long as possible. Frustration with the public is a concern."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"fast paced, ever changing, respectable, security in health care and retirement."
Regional Director
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"It's a unique business and the experience is specific. The opportunites it provides are endless."
Research Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"The ability to change or develop existing policies and introduce new ideas for public benefit. To work in a fast-paced environment that is challenging and rewarding."
Research Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being able to impact the debate and serve as a voice for those who might not otherwise be heard."
Research Assistant
DC
Subcommittee
Republican
Senate
"It means to serve the country in the legislative branch of government. I'm not in it for money or power but to serve."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I believe that every Congressional employee matters in the Congressional environment no matter the job or the job title."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I think that if I can make at least one person's life better every day, I am doing my job. Also, if I can show someone where to get help, I feel satisfied."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I work in a little embassy for my state. Whenever I'm feeling down or stressed, I keep in mind that I'm working for my friends and neighbors. My job doesn't suck, but there are difficult moments and difficult seasons. Working in Congress has been my subsitute for serving in the Military. I want to serve my country, and I didn't medically qualify for a uniform."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is a dream come true to serve one's state and country if only for a brief time. To be a part of the history and the fast pace, ever changing exciting things. The life of a congressional staffer is not one that I could do for a long period of time due to health (physical and mental) and personal relationships that are affected."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"The opportunity to fix small errors in judgement of lawmakers and affect small differences in the grand scheme of a highly partisan legislative atmosphere that is not always as focused on moving America in the right direction as it is on keeping the elected officials' jobs."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"To me, it means working to represent my home district and a MOC that I truly respect and believe in his vision. It is also an incredible experience and I'm glad to know that one day I will be able to look back and say, "I did that. I worked on Capitol Hill." No one can ever take that away from me."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working every day for goals that will have a far reaching impact today and over many years."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working for the people -- communicating directly with the public / constituents / interns. Making sure I'm doing my best to support my office / elected official, so that they, hopefully, can do their jobs, better. I'm proud to be working on the Hill."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Everything"
Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"In the past a sense of helping someone - now its more about working for my specific member and helping them achieve their goals."
Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It gives me an opportunity to assist constituents living in the district. To assist in day to day scheduling for the member and to be part of a bigger legislative office."
Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means I get to see, and share, what federal representation can do with those I come in contact with. Where it can help, where it cannot, and WHY - I like knowing this, and I like sharing this."
Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"To be able to help people and serve the needs of the district my Member represents."
Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Sense of pride in doing something different, challenging, and meaningful."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"The opportunity to help constituents and the country and be a critical part of the political process."
Scheduler
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Helping my Senator - whom I deeply admire - get his work done efficiently and to his liking."
Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"an opportunity to learn about policy and to change policy"
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"An opportunity to use my interest in government to serve my State and nation."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Enjoy having the ability to impact public policy, serve people and my country, and have access to information."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"Highly challenging and varied public service with awful pay."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I believe there is something uniquely satisfying about working for the American people. Even working for a non-profit, the sense of public service is not as strong as working for constituents. I'm proud to work for my home district."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I have a large role in shaping policy. It's tough work but I think what I'm doing is important and I enjoy it."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It means helping the country and the area I come from."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Republican
House
"It presents an opportunity to shape the policies of our country in meaningful ways for the betterment of our country and the people who live here. It's a job that I value and take very seriously because I recognize that not many people out there have this opportunity."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Meaningful experience influencing policy and a fast-paced, challenginf work environment."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Putting forth best effort to making the lives of Americans better, more secure, and healthier. Creating greater justice within our society."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to learn about the history of the nation, the institution of Congress, personalities in the district and region, the arc of issues and how they evolved over time."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"We are here to help the people in the United States through casework and legislation. We need to elevate everyone to continue our economic growth and to maintain our national security."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working in Congress creates opportunities to help Hill Staffers identify and understand interrelated issues (outcomes) resulting from public policies shaped by public opinion that not only alters individual but also business/corporation behaviors as well. More broadly, opportunities to engage key stakeholders and policymakers in the formulation, passage and funding of public policies aimed at ensuring our children well-being."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Serving and giving back to the people; actually making a difference in people's lives."
Senior Legislative Assistant
Split
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A belief that I'm fulfilling a childhood goal to change the world."
Senior Legislative Assistant
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"A unique opportunity to make a difference"
Senior Legislative Assistant
Split
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"It is a good experience"
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Helping influence policy - fighting for issues of importance to me."
Special Advisor
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The opportunity to influence public opinion!"
Special Advisor
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"A commitment to helping our fellow citizens, the country and the planet."
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Being able to help my boss help my state."
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It's an opportunity to 'give back.'"
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It's an opportunity to make a difference and serve."
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Serving the goals of a member I believe in."
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"Working for Congress allows me to make a true contribution to the people in my home state and country. I am very fullfilled by the work I do."
Special Advisor
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I enjoy the position of district director because it offers me a wide variety of challenges and a sense of accomplishments when those challenges are met. I love working with the folks on our district staff because we have fun doing what we do. As a greybeard, I get a kick out of mentoring and open new avenues to our staff as they ponder approached in areas related to Social Security, Veterans Benefit, passports, visa and all of the bureaucratic red tape that we are confronted with in a congressional office. From the answers to my questions, you may have determined that main concern deals with my member's vision and goals. Because he is elected from a safe district the vision thing may not be that important to him. However, from a constituent service perspective, as well as scheduling, etc.) the statement of a strong vision can be very helpful."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"it gives me a chance to help the place I love."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The ability to serve the greater good of my choosing."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"A sense of belonging to and participating in keeping our government strong as we serve the needs of our constituents. And to keep America as the leader of the free world."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Advancing the member's policy positions and political career"
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Helping folks in need, making a difference and meeting interesting people"
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I feel as though the hands on work I do in the State Office has a direct impact on individuals because of the influence of a Congressional office."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"I'm making a contribution to a better nation."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"it's a way for me to help impact federal policy that impact real people. so many times you have federal legislation with a one size fits all and it doesn't work that way. i would like to think i can assist with having policy and practice come togehter, however the political process isn't always about what and how policy actually impact people. i know the federal government touch every american life in one way or another, i would like to think the government can assist in a meaningful way."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Other than my family, it is the most important aspect and achievement of my life."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"The opportunity to help people."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"The opportunity to play a part with my Member in getting government to operate as it should. Government employees should be public servants who treat citizens with respect."
State Director
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"An opportunity to work for a Member of Congress that I respect; utilize my work skills and close to home."
State/District Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Being able to serve other is rewarding."
State/District Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means working for someone whose vision and goals are compatible with mine, and for whom public service is a way to help people who may not be able to help themselves."
State/District Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for the people of the United States, a public servant."
State/District Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"The position provides me with incredible challenges and networking opportunities. I fel I am contributing to the success of my state and country."
State/District Office Manager
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"A great opportunity help people in the community to work with congress, improve life."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"chance to connect people to the political process to be engaged with the decisions that shape thier world and lives and to make an impact for good in the world around them. TO help people find the answers and help they need when faced with an obstacle or setback."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"For the past 12 years it has been a gratifying time for this 79 year old citizen who has educiated All four children with this added income. THANKS MUCH USA."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
House
"Great experience and opportunity for me to have worked here."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I am very fortunate to have been choosen out of many people from our district to work for U.S. Congress. It makes me strive harder to work and help out constituents on a daily basis. I have learned so many things since I started working. Most interesting is relating and communicating with my co-worker who are thousands of miles away in D.C. Technology plays a big role on a daily basis working for our district office. Even with a distance, our office has manage to communicate effectively and occomplish our daily goals serving our constituents."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
House
"It means helping constituents with their various issues or concerns regarding federal agencies. It also means listening to people- regardless of their opinion or ideas, and showing them that someone will take the time to listen to their voice and what they have to say."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"It means helping people even when you don't want to. Understanding more that what the public does on certain issues."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Offers opportunity to actually help constituents specially veterans"
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
House
"Working for my Representative is the ultimate reason for my career choice. At this time, I am grateful for his representation."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Working for the people, especially those unheard and underserved."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"After being involved with politics at the grassroots level, it is interesting to see the progression of governmental legislation; and then be able to see how completed leg's stated goals line up with its implementation."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"being able to see things develop and being in at the ground floor is interesting and eye-opening"
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Helping others"
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"It means representing the great state I live in."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"Serving the public and being supportive of an effective Senator."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
"The opportunity to participate in the political process, including educating the public about what our congressional delegation is accomplishing."
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"Daily challenges -"
State/District Receptionist/Staff Assistant
District/State
Personal office
Senate
"A lot of hard work but love working with dedicated people who share my goals for our country."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being part of a team that advances our shared vision of what the United States can be at its best."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Culmination of a life dream to work in service of my country. It is disillusioning however at this time, as so many of my countrymen are angry with Congress and I can do nothing to change their opinions."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I enjoy being "in the know" on national issues. I feel more connected to my district and the state."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be a public servant, provide assistance to a member of Congress, and hopefully, make a positive difference in the district and in the country (as small as it may be)."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Learning and an opportunity to help people in all aspects of my job."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Valued responsiblities, relationships, accomplishments, pride."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Republican
House
"Working for Congress gives me an opportunity to make a difference in my Community"
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Ability to maximize members in state schedule and ability to interact with his constituents."
State/District Scheduler
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"For three generations, my family has a strong Capitol Hill legacy. I am honored to follow in those footsteps."
Systems Administrator
DC
Personal office
Democrat
House
"Being in the "middle of the conversation," plugged in and knowledgeable."
Systems Administrator
District/State
Personal office
Democrat
House
"I feel that my job is the highlight of my career."
Systems Administrator
DC
Personal office
Independent
Senate
"Working in Congress means having an impact, whether direct or indirect, on the lives of all Americans. By supporting the policy staff and the Senator, and occasionally working directly on policy myself, I am able to contribute to better policy making and a more efficient institution."
Systems Administrator
DC
Personal office
Democrat
Senate
"I like the prestige and always being the middle of the things that are in the news. I also believe that the government is there to help people and hope that is what we're doing."
Systems Administrator
District/State
Personal office
Republican
Senate
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