Word on the Hill: How Involved Are You?

What the week ahead looks like

When staffers aren’t busy with their bosses, there are clubs for them. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
When staffers aren’t busy with their bosses, there are clubs for them. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted March 27, 2017 at 5:00am

We’ve covered several congressional staff associations in Heard on the Hill and a bunch of them got together last week to tout their groups.

The Staff Association Fair on Friday was similar to a college activities fair and allowed staffers to learn about the many different options for them to get involved.

Meeting potential members were the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association, Congressional Black Associates, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, Space Advocates Staff Association and associations for Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, South Asian-American, vegetarian, and LGBT staffers, among many others.

Happening this week …


The U.S.-Japan Caucus and the Embassy of Japan are having a reception to honor the House freshman class. (5 p.m., Rayburn Foyer)

TuesdayDavid Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, testifies on the museum group’s priorities at a House Administration Committee hearing. (11:30 a.m., 1310 Longworth)


Local children, advocating D.C. statehood, will be at the Capitol for an event entitled “My First Lobby Day.” Friday is a public school holiday. (3 p.m., Hart Lobby)

Staffer shuffle

Saat Alety is crossing the Capitol to be the banking legislative assistant to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., starting today. He most recently worked for Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and previously worked for the Financial Services Roundtable, Romney for President, and former Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill.

Comedian gets political

Mindy Kaling has been tweeting about, and at, members of Congress lately. First, she said she read that The New York Times called Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., “doe-eyed” and shared a side-by-side photograph of the congressman and Bambi’s mother from the Disney cartoon. On Thursday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted at her about her show “The Mindy Project,” and the two traded “


“I’m on my way to get some lunch; he is giving us some free pizza.”

— Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., when asked if he was on his way to meet with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., on Friday.

Happy birthday to …

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., 45.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.

Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.