McCarragher has spent 15 years as Democratic chief counsel for the committee, and the job is still exactly what he wanted when he started off as an intern 20 years ago. He worked as a bartender on nights and weekends during the internship, but he knew that Capitol Hill was his true calling. He was a staffer on two subcommittees before becoming counsel for Democrats on the full committee in 1998.
McCarragher is currently focused on ways to increase investment in bridges, to improve inspection standards, and to strengthen “Buy America” laws. In the fall, he will be heavily involved in the water-resources and passenger-rail bills. McCarragher is hopeful that the panel’s bipartisan activities will continue as the members work through legislation. As for his home life, he says, “I have three kids—two boys and a 5-year-old girl—and my weekends are filled with their activities: everything from princess parties to paintball.”
This article appears in the July 25, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Ward McCarragher, Minority Chief Counsel.