Climbing the Hill: How to Build a Career in Politics and Make a Difference

Climbing the Hill: How to Build a Career in Politics and Make a Difference

by Jaime Harrison, Amos Snead


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Inspiring, nonpartisan insider's advice on how anyone can build a career in local, state, and national government, from two rising stars in Washington government and policy.

This inspiring, nonpartisan guide, written by longtime staff members of Republican and Democratic house leadership teams provides all the hard-won secrets and strategies you need to build a career in local politics or Congress, make a difference, and ascend from an internship to leadership. With practical tips on how to not only land a job but also create the foundatio for a lasting and impactful career in public service, this guide will empower anyone who feels the urge to improve this country with meaningful work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399581939
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 459,408
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Before becoming the first African-American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, JAIME HARRISON was the director of floor operations and counsel for former House majority whip and current assistant Democratic leader James Clyburn (D-SC). Jaime was named as one of Roll Call's "Fabulous Fifty Movers and Shakers Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill" and has appeared on CNN and MSNBC. He is currently the Associate Chair and Counselor of the Democratic National Committee.

AMOS SNEAD is a founding partner at S-3 Public Affairs and is a regular guest on Fox News and MSNBC. Amos is a cofounder of, a daily read for Congressional staff with a monthly reach of 3.2 million. Amos got his start as a press aide for the House Energy and Commerce Committee under chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), then as communications director for congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and later as spokesman for House Republican whip Roy Blunt (R-MO).

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Making a Difference 1

Chapter 1 Preparing for the Climb 13

Chapter 2 Taking the First Steps 21

Chapter 3 Establishing Base Camp 35

Chapter 4 Traversing Up the Hill 67

Chapter 5 Reaching the Summit 85

Chapter 6 Exploring Alternate Routes 101

Chapter 7 Staying on the Trail 121

Chapter 8 Preparing for the Next Challenge 143

Chapter 9 The Best Leadership Course in the World 161

Epilogue 180

Resources 184

The HILLstory Flow Chart 194

Acknowledgments 196

About the Authors 200

Index 205

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