Danielle Brown, Minority Chief Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian

Danielle Brown, Minority Chief Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian
National Journal
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Billy House
Dec. 11, 2013, 3 p.m.

As Brown, 35, puts it, she does a “whole lot of everything” in her job. She works on all the le­gis­la­tion that goes to the House floor, staffs bill markups, and co­ordin­ates activ­it­ies with lead­er­ship and mem­bers’ of­fices. Hail­ing from Hunt­ing­ton Woods, Mich., Brown has climbed a num­ber of rungs as a Demo­crat­ic staffer, dat­ing from her ar­rival in 2001 as a non­law­yer after a stint in the of­fice of Rep. John Con­yers, D-Mich. Among oth­er du­ties, she has handled press for the Demo­crat­ic side. Even­tu­ally, Brown took two years off to fin­ish law school and came back as a coun­sel and then as the com­mit­tee’s deputy par­lia­ment­ari­an, when Demo­crats were in the ma­jor­ity. No mat­ter how har­ried she might get, Brown of­ten takes com­fort from a faith­ful friend back in her of­fice — her grey­hound, Lucy. “She’s been com­ing here for about nine years,” Brown says. “Good for mor­ale.”

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