Stipko talks to Alicia Long
and Jayne Jones
, former Capitol Hill staffers, about the similarities between the saucy shenanigans, unbelievable relationships, and stunning situations on Capitol Hill, and their novel, Capitol Hell
A refreshingly original approach and almost voyeuristic look into the underbelly of Capitol Hill. AND Magazine political staff
says, "This is more entertaining than the real thing... because it's probably the real thing!"
When recent college graduate Allison Amundson, a small town girl from South Dakota, lands the highly sought after job of scheduler to the newly-elected and rising star of the United States Senate, Senator Anders McDermott III, she thinks she is on the fast track to success.
However, she quickly learns that crazy co-workers, a high maintenance boss, an over-the-top family and an unexpected Presidential bid make Capitol Hill seem even more dysfunctional than portrayed on TV. In fact, it is Capitol Hell.
The second Allison sets foot in the prestigious Senate Russell Building, things begin to go awry. Allison soon realizes her co-workers consist of a Chief of Staff who has little to no control over the antics in the office, a Press Secretary who is not only pompous, but who is constantly primping and preening, and worst of all the Senator himself, who cares more about his rise to fame than the people of Minnesota.
As Allison struggles to juggle a new career, her blooming love interest in Cam (a quiet but loyal Legislative Assistant), and her ever-declining bank account, she is comforted only by her co-worker Janet, a fireplug who spends the majority of her time on-line dating, trying to land a Senator of her own.
Just as Allison and Janet begin to figure out the ins and outs of Capitol Hill, their lives are turned upside down when Senator McDermott announces his bid for President of the United States. Soon, Allison and Janet find themselves at the center of one of the craziest campaigns in history, and hilarity ensues.
This off-beat, funny novel captures and shares what it is like to be a young staffer working on Capitol Hill.
Jayne J. Jones
Author of Capitol Hell and a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Jayne left Capitol Hill to work for the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House. | Photo: Capitol Hell | Link |
Jayne Jones, a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, left Capitol Hill to work for the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House.
Following her drive and compassion to teach others about the legislative process and drafting legislation, Jayne is starting a summer academic program for teens to master public policy and the legislative process. Additionaly, Jayne teaches political science at Concordia University.
Jayne's students have gained national attention and praise for their legislative activities and involvement. Her students drafted, advocated for and passed the Kyle Herman Bill of 2010 and worked hand-in-hand with state and federal elected officials on state and federal legislation to curb child abuse in the classroom'especially special education classrooms. This year, Jayne's students tackled eliminating state legislator immunity from impaired driving with their legislation, 'No Boozin' and Cruzin.'
Jayne is a member of the Concordia University Advancement Committee and a former inner city Girl Scout troop leader and live-in nanny.
Jayne is proud of her work with Margaret's Missions, ensuring travelers with disabilities have access to see the world and enjoy life's greatest adventures!
Jayne is full of life and loves reality television. She wholeheartedly believes in living each day to the fullest and loves a great sale for funky jewelry and skirts under $20. She thrives on meeting current and former United States Presidents, cheering for the University of North Dakota Sioux hockey team, catching Alaskan halibut, securing emergency medical visas for orphans and aiming to win her family's salsa making contest!
Jayne prefers bright colored shoes, trendy handbags that can be used as briefcases, and not missing an episode of the Young and the Restless.
On her bucket list: being on the Wheel of Fortune, going to happy hour with Kelly Ripa, and figuring out how to boil corn-on-the-cob for that oh-so-darn-good buttery taste.
She is currently planning her wedding on a shoestring budget and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Alicia M. Long
Author of Capitol Hell; While working on Capitol Hill, she served for United States Senators Norm Coleman (MN), John Thune (SD) and George Allen (VA). | Photo: Capitol Hell | Link |
Alicia Long is originally from Hartford, South Dakota, a small town just outside of Sioux Falls. In 2003, she received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work on Capitol Hill. While working on Capitol Hill, she served for United States Senators Norm Coleman (MN), John Thune (SD) and George Allen (VA). She also served in various capacities, including scheduler, legislative correspondent, legislative aide, intern coordinator and caseworker. While working on the Hill, she became proficient at mastering the metro system, crashing the nearest receptions, and acting as a tour guide for friends and family.
In 2007, Alicia returned to the Twin Cities to pursue her J.D. at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She worked as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office. Upon graduation in 2010, she joined the Department of Justice as a Presidential Management Fellow and spent nearly a year working as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia. Currently Alicia works as an Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Chief Counsel's Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Alicia is board member of the D.C. Chapter of University of Minnesota Alumni Association and is also a member of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Annual Giving Committee. She is also a former inner city Girl Scout troop leader. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys working on her golf swing, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and reading everything from 'In Touch' magazine to 'The Great Gatsby.'
Alicia loves finding good deals on fashion, funky high heels, and opts for wearing Calvin Klein dresses and a blazer in lieu of a suit any day. You can often find her out to happy hour with friends, checking out local shops or at the beach.
Her bucket list includes: going sky diving, traveling the world, mastering the New York Times crossword puzzle and marrying Green Bay Packer Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Alicia currently resides in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia with her German Shepherd/Black Lab mix, Sarge.