Congressional Aides

Congressional Aides Work in Congress

Congressional aides are the men and women who staff the offices of the members of the United States Congress. Working for senators and representatives, they assist with a variety of congressional duties, from administrative details to extensive research on legislation. Members of Congress typically include among their staff legislative assistants, a press secretary, a chief of staff, an office manager, a personal secretary, a legislative correspondent, and constituent services representatives. Aides are generally divided into two groups: personal staff and committee staff. An aide may work in an office in Washington, D.C., or in a local district or state office.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Administrative Assistants, Chiefs of Staff, Constituent Services Representatives, Legislative Assistants, Legislative Correspondents, Legislative Directors, Office Managers, Press Secretaries, Schedulers, Secretaries, State and District Directors
Duties Staff the offices of the members of the U.S. Congress; perform research, write press releases, respond to constituent requests, maintain Web sites, and talk to the media
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Congressional aides work in Washington, D.C., and at offices in the home states of their employers
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • History
Experience Several years' experience in a Congressional office required for top positions such as chief of staff and speechwriter
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Politician
  • Chief of Staff
  • Experienced Congressional Aide
  • Entry-Level Congressional Aide