Who is Who in a Congressional Office
Washington Office Staff
Chief of Staff – Sometimes referred to as the administrative assistant, handles the overall office operations, including the assignment of work and the supervision of staff. Reports directly to the legislator and usually is responsible for evaluating the political outcomes of various legislative proposals and constituent requests.
Legislative Director - Monitors the legislative schedule and makes final recommendations to the legislator regarding particular issues.
Legislative Assistant – Possesses expertise in specific legislative areas. For example, an office may include a different legislative assistant for health issues, environmental matters and taxes. In most legislative offices, there are several legislative assistants with responsibilities and expertise in specific legislative areas.
Legislative Correspondent – Manages the legislator’s correspondence. Reads, logs and tallies letters and email from constituents and flags items for the legislator’s review.
Press Secretary or Communications Director- Manages the legislator’s relationship with the media and the general public. Is expected to know how to effectively promote the member’s views or positions on specific issues.
Scheduler/ Executive Assistant- Manages the legislator’s schedule and makes travel arrangements, arranging speaking dates, visits to the district, etc.
A legislator also maintains staff in the district office. Take the time to get to know these individuals as well, given that they may be more familiar with your organization and its role in the local community.
District staff director – A legislator’s main point person in the district. Reports directly to the legislator about the local community and can help move along meeting requests and other information you may wish to convey to the legislator.
Caseworker - Aides with constituent requests by preparing replies for the member’s signature. Responsibilities also may include helping resolve problems constituents present in relation to federal agencies, e.g., Social Security and Medicare issues, veteran’s benefits and passports.