Reforming Congress – Betsy Hawkings, Former Congressional Chief of Staff (Part 1)

May 11, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:13 – Background
  • 4:08 – Discussing time spent in Congress, for republicans representing majority democratic districts
  • 5:58 – What differences did your previous bosses have while you served as their chief of staff?
  • 8:43 – What was the balance of time between legislative activity vs. constituent service work?
  • 11:49 – What drove those members to sponsor, cosponsor, elevate, or promote particular bills?
  • 16:37 – Other sources for legislative ideas
  • 18:52 – Which person drives the process of getting cosponsorship signatures? The Member of Congress, Chief of Staff, or legislative staff?
  • 19:58 – What best practices were there to improve the productivity of the personal office staff?
  • 24:25 – The role of constituent communications vs. constituent service
  • 27:39 – New perspectives of Congress while working at the Democracy Fund
  • 30:29 – What did you learn from the Congress Map project to determine to root causes of congressional dysfunction?
    [End of Part 1]