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November 26, 2019 - Job Opening: Government Affairs Legislative Assistant


Government Affairs Legislative Assistant

The role of the Government Affairs Assistant is to support the members of the three-person Government Affairs team during the 2020 legislative session of the CT General Assembly.   Successful candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, initiative and a demonstrated interest in public policy and lawmaking. Strong analytical abilities and writing skills are also preferred. Duties include: monitoring the daily legislative calendar for committee meetings, public hearings, press conferences and other subject matter or special interest group meetings or presentations; attending committee meetings and public hearings and preparing summaries for the Group and our clients; coordinating public hearing sign-ups and submission of  testimony; maintaining a master tracking sheet of proposed legislation; communicating with clients weekly on the status of bills potentially impacting them; monitoring the amendment process and communicating with the legislative team as soon as possible when an amendment of concern is filed. 

This position commences on January 27, 2020 and ends no later than May 22, 2020. The legislative session is a fast-paced and exciting environment requiring a flexible schedule and occasional long hours, particularly during the last three weeks when both the House and Senate meet daily, lasing late into the night. A successful candidate would be well organized and be able to respond to the many demands of the job quickly and thoroughly. The candidate should be able to prioritize multiple and often simultaneous projects.

The Murtha Cullina Government Affairs Group is a bi-partisan team with over 60 years combined experience in government and government relations. The Group includes: Mike Martone, a former member of  Governor John Rowland’s staff;  Liz Gemski, a Rhode Island native with extensive government affairs experience in Washington, DC, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in addition to Connecticut; and Mike Bzdyra, a former Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Murtha Cullina’s Government Affairs Group client list is broad and diverse and includes: Enterprise Rent-a-Car; the Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists; the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut; National Audubon Connecticut; IBM; the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and REEBA, among others.  While we do not specialize in one area, we provide our clients with the highest level of representation in large part due to our many years of working in and around government.  We work with our clients to understand their goals, develop strategies to realize those goals, and then implement the strategies to be successful, utilizing research and writing background materials, face-to-face lobbying, administrative lobbying and grassroots support.

Interested parties should submit a resume and writing sample to Liz Gemski at  Liz can also be reached via phone at (860) 240-6185 if candidates have questions.