Behind-the-Scene Helpers

by megan, morgan, and eric

What They Do

Serving in Congress is a full-time job. To get help with their workload, members of Congress hire a staff of clerks, secretaries, and special assistants.

Personal Staff

The personal staffs of members of Congress run offices in Washingtion, D. C., as well as one or more offices in the congressional member's home district. These workers gather information on new bills and issues. They handle requests for help from voters, and they also deal with news reporters and lobbyists. They also work for the reelection of the congressional member.

Committee Staff

They draft bills, gather information, organize committee hearings, and negotiate with lobbyists. They keep the long and complex lawmaking processes moving.