(CQ Roll Call Illustration/Chris Hale)
All good things come to an end.
At least, that is the way a newly unemployed chief of staff rationalizes the abrupt end of his job and nearly 20-year Capitol Hill career. “Jon,” granted anonymity for this article, loved working as a chief of staff for a rank-and-file member of Congress representing a competitive district. When his boss lost re-election in November, everyone in the office knew they would be out of a job soon.
“My last paycheck was in January,” Jon said. He was paid for the two days he worked before the 114th Congress was sworn in and he was officially unemployed. (He kept his health insurance through February, before joining the District’s health care exchange.) Jon isn’t alone — 77 members vacated seats at the start of 2015, not including those who left Congress for another elected position.
The defeated congressman makes calls on behalf of his former employees, but Jon is one of several senior aides who haven’t yet landed a new gig.