Government - Legislative Branch

Lauren (Currie) Billman '14   I currently work as a Legislative Aide for a western Republican Congressman in the United States House of Representatives. I handle the Congressman's foreign affairs, veterans' affairs, housing, and small business portfolios. In this position, I have the opportunity to track and research different pieces of legislation as well as advise the member on related issues. I previously served as a Staff Assistant and Legislative Correspondent in the same office.

Bill Jaffee '13  Through the network I built during internships in Washington and Minneapolis, I got my first job at a PR firm on K Street. At about the same time, I started a master's program at The George Washington University (finished the program May 2015). About a year later, I learned of an opening in a Senate office and submitted my resume for consideration. I started working for Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as Press Assistant in August 2014, and was recently promoted to Deputy Press Secretary. In this capacity, I field incoming press requests for comments and interviews, manage our social media pages, and write press releases and weekly newsletters, among other things.

Ethan Hellier '14

I am currently working as a Committee Legislative Assistant for the Education Innovation Policy Committee and the Ethics Committee at the Minnesota House of Representatives. My members are Rep. Sondra Erickson and Rep. Anna Wills. 

Peter Meyer '06 - Congressional Research Service Analyst.  Peter Meyer is a Western Hemisphere Policy Analyst at the CRS, a legislative branch agency dedicated to providing nonpartisan research and policy analysis to Members of Congress. At CRS, Peter was previously responsible for analyzing political, economic, and social trends in a number of Latin American nations, and how those trends affect the interests of the United States (now his focus is Western Hemisphere Policy). He graduated summa cum laude from SJU in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. He received his masters in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2008.

Kate Paul ' 14 - Executive Assistant at Berkshire Partners. She previously worked as an Executive Assistant for the Office of Congressman Erik Paulsen, U.S. House of Representatives.

Luke Newgaard '15

Staff Assistant - Republican Study Committee

I studied Political Science and Hispanic Studies while at Saint John's and Saint Ben's. I participated in the Spring Spain Study Abroad program where I was immersed in Spanish and took a courses on European history and the EU. The summer following my junior year, I interned at David Turch and Associates, in Washington, DC. Three days after commencement, I got in the car and returned to DC. I interned for Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) for a summer before I started as the Staff Assistant for the Republican Study Committee. I work out of Congressman Bill Flores' personal office.

Alex Ricci '13 - Professional Staff Member at the U.S. House of Representatives. Ricci previously worked as a Legislative Assistant for the United States House of Representatives - Committee on Education and the Workforce. Prior to moving to D.C., Ricci worked on multiple congressional campaigns in MN.