I get calls all the time from folks who think they want to work for various legislators in the state Capitol, who want me to tell them what they might expect. They usually don’t know much about it, but they know they want to make a difference. For that I applaud them.
But to save time in the future, here’s what one can expect, working in the capitol while the legislature is in session: impossible working conditions, complicated by impossible bosses making impossible demands on impossible timelines. You will sometimes be in the office before sunrise, and you’ll still be there long after sunset. By the time the session is over, your significant other will have left you, and in the event they haven’t already starved to death, your pets won’t recognize you and out of desperation will likely gnaw off your foot in your sleep. Your already-acknowledged drinking problem will have evolved into full-fledged alcoholism. And those are the benefits. You’ll love it.
As for what to expect during the interim, when the legislature’s not in session, here’s a typical Capitol staff hard at work on a special project while the boss is back home in the district.