My Experience at the Utah State Legislature: Week One, Initiatives
My schedule has stabilized to rising at 5am, at the capitol by 6:30am and back to my temporary residence (the home of the Malmstrom’s, thank goodness for good friends) anywhere from 7-10pm. Let the games begin!
I was able to arrange a legislative assistant position in the office of my long time friend Rep. Brad Galvez. Everyone should be so fortunate to see valor, conviction, and principled determination at work.
While Rep. Galvez was immediately thrust into the machinery of legislating, my guide for the first couple of days was his wonderful wife Lisa.
It seemed that it took us an hour to walk what should have taken a mere 5 minutes, She knows everybody, and she went right to work introducing me to representatives and senators, pages and interns, green coats (security and hosts) and even janitorial and kitchen staff. I give her an A+ for networking–which is a very real part to success on the hill.
I wasn’t there a day before it became clear what I would be spending most of my time on: Article V, Public Lands and Legal Tender (more on these later). Aside from my daily duties of briefing upcoming bills, attending committees and House floor debates, partaking in the numerous lobbyist meals and lectures, contributing to speech writing and prepping for my own lectures for constituents, I have already been involved in a number of meetings getting up to speed on where these three initiatives are headed and how I can contribute.
It is important to realize that while here, I am doing little to earn a living. Julia and I spent significant time discussing this path and we finally determined that if I was going to grow and continue to fulfill my mission, we needed to make this sacrifice. I am confident that it will prove being worth the effort and missed income.