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Legislative Fellow – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)

TITLE: Legislative Fellow
REPORTS TO: Legislative Director

* to work on issues related to the economy, housing and financial services under the supervision of the Legislative Director.
* to monitor legislative developments within Committees and on the House floor;
* to write Floor speeches for the Member
* to draft constituent correspondence for the Member; and
* to meet with constituents and special interest groups on behalf of the Member.


* in an official fellowship program;
* strong academic credentials;
* strong leadership and organizational skills;
* excellent oral and written communication skills;
* thorough knowledge of the legislative process;
* ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the formulation and recommendation of policy positions for the Member;
* ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others;
* ability to work well under pressure;
* commitment to inclusive prosperity and economic opportunity;
* thoroughness and careful attention to detail; and
* availability to work long hours and at night.


* formulates legislative initiatives for assigned issue areas which includes:
* devising a legislative plan;
* drafting the plan into legislative form;
* planning, coordinating and scheduling introduction of legislation in the House (or offering it on an appropriate vehicle if it is an amendment);
* gathering support for a bill or amendment from other Members, as well as appropriate interest groups;
* working with committees on legislation;
* coordinating legislative support to get the bill passed in the House.
* tracks legislation and other developments in his or her assigned issue areas and briefs the Member for floor work, committee work, work in the district, and outside House-related activities;
* monitors legislative developments within committees;
* manage the Congressman’s small business portfolio and may work on other issues based on interest;
* plans and coordinates cosponsorship and support of other legislation;
* monitors legislation on the House floor, providing the Member with information on each vote;
* writes Floor speeches for the Member;
* if assigned to issues pending before a specific committee, prepares for and attends committee meetings and hearings with or without the Member (i.e., keeps in contact with committee staff and meets with interest groups and constituents with interests in such meetings);
* performs special projects assigned by the Member or Chief of Staff/ Administrative Assistant;
* meets with constituents and interest groups;
* answers constituent letters and helps constituents on federal matters; and
* performs other duties as assigned.

This is an unpaid position usually filled by someone in an official fellowship program. The fellowship is available starting in August/ September with flexibility on the end date. To apply, send an email with your cover letter inserted into the text of the email and attach your résumé and a short writing sample (with your name saved in the title of both attached documents) to No phone calls or drop-ins.

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