Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service



I had so many terrific experiences at the Congressional Research Service. I will never forget the feeling of taking the civil servant oath to uphold the Constitution. I adored my colleagues, and learned an immense amount about how government and politics operate. There I did things I could do nowhere else. I helped Congress write laws, and my reports were cited by academics and cribbed by major media. I was well-paid, and I had a very good shot at being permanently promoted to a managerial position.

But this past October I quit after 11 years. My colleagues were shocked. I was hitting my mid-40s, and I had out of the blue gotten a great offer from a think-tank. And working for Congress, to put it bluntly, was becoming a downer….

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