Losing staff can make you a less effective lawmaker

November 13, 2019
The modern Congress is, in many ways, held together by a cadre of talented, but under-resourced, professionals. As the lawmaking environment continues to grow more complex, congressional offices… Read More

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about educational pipelines to Capitol Hill

November 4, 2019
Paths from college to the Capitol for every DC-based congressional staffer. What schools produce the most staffers on Capitol Hill? Do certain colleges or universities have established pipelines to the… Read More

Memo: Staff recruitment, retention, compensation and benefits; and chair term limits

October 16, 2019
To:                  The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:              Alan E. Wiseman, Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking, Vanderbilt University; Craig Volden, Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking, University of… Read More

Shared employees in the U.S. House: Who are they, and what do they do?

October 9, 2019
Members of the House are permitted to have 18 permanent employees and 4 additional employees–including interns, part-time employees, shared employees, temporary employees, and employees on leave without pay… Read More

Adding capacity to House member offices: Who, what, how?

October 8, 2019
Congressional reformers frequently urge the House of Representatives to expand its capacity by expanding its staff, which has consistently shrunk over the last three decades. Often reformers are… Read More

Congressional diversity and pay: The Speaker’s data vs. Legistorm’s

October 2, 2019
Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team released the results from its 2019 Compensation and Diversity Study of congressional staff. The study, administered by the House Chief Administrative… Read More

Which colleges and universities are tops in producing DC-based congressional staff?

September 11, 2019
Source: Casey Burgat, LegBranch.org As the above flight path illustration shows, congressional staffers come from colleges all over the country. Each line represents a college who has produced a congressional… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congressional staffing diversity and retention

September 5, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:      Kathryn Pearson, Chair, University of Minnesota ; Casey Burgat, R Street Institute; Menna… Read More

Video: Behind the committee doors: The staffing traits and trends of Congress’ legislative deal-breakers

June 12, 2019
 Congressional committees are well-known bodies in Washington, D.C. If you are in politics—whether a member, staffer, scholar or… Read More

Congressional staff exit intention

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May 13, 2019
There is increased attention on congressional staff in recent months — from the House forming the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, to members of Congress making headlines… Read More