By: Derek Pillie, District Director, Congressman Mark Souder

People often ask me what it’s like working for a congressman. They want to know if we receive special perks, or if we can put special favors for friends into bills passed by Congress. They’re often surprised to learn that it’s not a glamorous job. The reality is that we get roughly the same benefits as any other government employee — but without the job security.

The true reward for working for Congressman Mark Souder, or really for any congressman, is the opportunity to serve your community. That may sound trite to some, but the job responsibilities of every person in our office are service-oriented. While some people are attracted to Congress because it’s the center of the federal government’s legislative power, most of these folks don’t last long. Good congressional staffers — just like good congressmen — have a servant mentality.

True service demands sacrifice. While I work hard for Congressman Souder and our community, I ultimately sacrifice relatively little to perform this service. Sometimes I don’t get to spend as much time with my wife and two kids as I’d like. Or I’m paid less than I would be if I worked in the private sector. These aren’t unusual sacrifices, however.

Our men and women in uniform make real sacrifices. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines also receive a salary, but they literally put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. How can one put a price on that kind of sacrifice?

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