In the article, “U.S. Capitol building leaves lasting impression on former staffers,” the Indiana Lawyer shared stories from Indiana professionals who served as former Senate and House staffers and who worked in the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The publication turned to Faegre Drinker Consulting director Nick Weber for his reflections on the Capitol Building from his three years working on Capitol Hill.
Weber, who previously served as a press secretary for the late Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, told the publication that that he never took working in the Capitol Building for granted. He called the building, “a powerful representation of the good we can do for one another.”
Weber also recalled spending time in the senate chamber, above the floor in the press gallery, where reporters could watch the action from the gallery then go into a nearby room equipped with desks and telephones to file their stories. He noted “the hideaway” that Lugar could use as an office when he was in the Capitol Building.
Weber added that another special part of the Capitol Building was the former Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing room, S-116. According to Weber, the committee had long outgrown the space, but a conference table had been moved in and the room was used for meetings among the senators and with foreign heads of state, he remembered.
“We need 25-year-olds in America who want to participate in public service, and we need people to be in awe of the building where they can sort of toil away for the betterment of the state and the country,” Weber said. “When we see rioters in the hallways of the Congress, how can we do that? How can we get folks to commit to engaging in civic service?”