Published: Mar 01, 2021
8:30 AM: Arrive early to read the papers and look over the schedule for today
9:00 AM: Meet with colleagues to run through the lobbying schedule for the week. This is a good time to leverage their contacts on the Hill on behalf of your clients.
10:00 AM: Take a cab up to Capitol Hill to meet with staff members on behalf of several clients. A good portion of the day is typically spent outside the office, especially for lobbyists with a firm.
10:30 AM: Meet with a several legislative assistants to Members serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of a client looking to encourage Members of Congress to support a particular piece of legislation.
12:00 PM: Take a senior Senate staff member to lunch. Meals are a huge part of the job since they are a great opportunity to build and maintain relationships with key Hill contacts.
1:00 PM: Back to the Hill to meet with more staff members.
3:00 PM: Return to the office. Must spend some time scheduling appointments for the rest of the week on behalf of clients
4:00 PM: Participate in a conference call with a client that wants to ensure its project is funded in the upcoming appropriations process.
5:00 PM: Start putting together a pitch for a new business presentation at the end of the week.
6:30 PM: Meet a former Hill colleague for dinner -- yet another night at one of DC's swank downtown steak houses to talk a little business and stay in touch.
8:00 AM: Arrive at the office and start the morning with your daily review of the news wires to see what developments are afoot in the energy world: corporate merger rumors, congressional legislation proposals, updates on the latest accounting scandal, announcements by a foreign government about a new infrastructure project or environmental policy.
9:00 AM: Your phone rings – it’s a Legislative Assistant from a Congressperson’s office on "the Hill.
8:30 AM: Come in to open up the office. Since you are the first person a visitor sees upon entering the office, it is your responsibility to ensure that the reception area is neatly kept and that there are plenty of brochures about things to do in Washington, DC.
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