Monday, January 15, 2007

Ride the Coattails of Congress

We've mentioned on many occasions that a large number of our majors have served in Representative Adam Smith's office, as interns and staff in Tacoma and DC. We had one intern in DC this fall, and will have two in his Tacoma office in spring; in addition, we have graduates working in staff positions locally and in DC; in fact, I'll be blogging about Andrea Tull '02 in the coming days, who will be coming out from DC to join us on campus in February. Details to follow.

An article in today's News Tribune speaks to Smith's growing power in the new Democratic Congress as chair of a new subcommittee on terrorism. There's also a discussion of Congressman Norm Dicks as well, where we've similarly placed students, though not so fully colonized (yet). So a reminder that we have outstanding opportunities for anyone who would like to get involved with Congress, and that these connections can lead to full-time employment after graduation.

Rep. Smith’s stature grows on Capitol Hill

LES BLUMENTHAL; The News Tribune
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Adam Smith has never been a member of Delta Force, SEAL Team Six, Marine Force Recon or any other of the nation’s special ops units.

But as the new chairman of a congressional subcommittee on “terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities,” the Tacoma Democrat will have a say in the policies and funding for military forces he calls the “tip of the spear” in the war on terrorism....The subcommittee has jurisdiction over counterterrorism programs and counterproliferation programs, the latter aimed at eliminating threats from chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction...

Read the rest here.