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Word on the Hill: Getting a Leg Up

Tester selects his re-election campaign manager

University of Delaware basketball player Barnett Harris, right, served as a legislative intern for Delaware Sen. Thomas R. Carper last summer. (Courtesy University of Delaware Athletics)
University of Delaware basketball player Barnett Harris, right, served as a legislative intern for Delaware Sen. Thomas R. Carper last summer. (Courtesy University of Delaware Athletics)

One of Sen. Thomas R. Carper’s, D-Del., summer interns — likely the tallest — spoke about his experience on the Hill in a profile video from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Barnett Harris, who served as a legislative intern in Carper’s Senate office and is a senior forward on the University of Delaware’s basketball team, aspires to a career in politics. He said he plans to enroll in law school in the fall and practice for a few years before transitioning into politics. He said his dream job would be governor of Pennsylvania.

Carper said that he finds that athletes have a “leg up” on running for office because of their “team spirit.” He also recalled the first time he met Harris: “I remember reaching down to shake hands with him and he just started standing up and he just kept going,” the senator said, raising his hands over his head.

Capitol Hill Competition

Members of Congress and staffers can sign up for the Capitol Hill Competition, part of the larger April 2 Cherry Blossom Run, beginning Wednesday by going to

Hill staffers are guaranteed entry in the run. Last year, 662 runners competed on 66 teams. Top honors went to the Red, White and Blumenauer team fielded by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

Staffer shuffle

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced Friday that Christie Roberts will serve as campaign manager for his 2018 re-election bid.

Roberts served as research director for Tester’s 2012 Senate campaign. She most recently served as political director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for last year’s election. Before that, she was the DSCC’s deputy research director and then research director during the 2014 cycle.

Dresses to D.C. girls

The fashion e-commerce site UsTrendy has collected new dresses from its various retailers, which will be distributed today to underprivileged girls ahead of the annual father-daughter dances for those who are part of the Boys & Girls Club in the greater Washington area. 

Sam Sisakhti, the founder of UsTrendy, started the foundation ‘Believe in Yourself’ to mentor and influence young women struggling with body image issues. If you’re interested in volunteering or mentoring, contact

Staffer guide

Heard on the Hill released a guide today for staffers to help navigate the waters on Capitol Hill, from getting that first job to learning how to make the most of your career. Check it all out here.

Health happenings

Senate Health Promotion is hosting a pilates and kickboxing demo today at 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, in Hart Senate Office Building Room 902. For more information, follow them on twitter @SenateTraining or call 202-244-7628.

Happy birthday to…

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., 45.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., 37.

Health Care Decoded

As a new administration takes over, the nation’s evolving health care system — valued today at more than $3 trillion — will face significant changes again.

On March 16, Roll Call Live, in partnership with the editorial powerhouse of CQ News, invites you to a packed morning of expert analysis and nonpartisan discussion to examine the many questions that health care industry stakeholders and policymakers will face. Check out the agenda and register!

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