By Judy Kurtz
As part of ITK’s regular feature detailing a day in the life of lawmakers and their staff, we give you a glimpse at the typical daily grind for Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 69, on July 18, which includes pretzels, Diet Coke, and some Español!
6:20 a.m. Alarm goes off.
6:45 a.m. Quick breakfast: a bowl of cereal and fruit.
7 a.m. Walk over to Rayburn, don’t want to be late for Spanish class.
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m Spanish class with [Del.] Donna Christensen [D-Virgin Islands] in my office and our fantastic teacher.
9:05 a.m. Grab my Coke Zero and a quick snack before heading to low-wage worker event at Union Station.
9:30 a.m. Arrive at Union Station, energized by the crowd and begin press conference.
9:38 a.m. March around Union Station.
10 a.m. Quick stop for water.
10:05 a.m. Drive back to the Hill for House Intelligence Committee hearing.
10:45 a.m. Energy and Commerce [s]ubcommittee [on] Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing on data breaches.
12 p.m. Back to the office. Close the door for a few minutes to call my family back home. Miss them so much and my two dogs.
12:20 p.m. Reconvene for Energy and Commerce [s]ubcommittee [on] Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing on data breaches.
1:30 p.m. Press conference announcing the Women’s Economic Agenda on the House steps.
2 p.m. Run to the floor for votes.
2:30 p.m. Walk back over to Energy and Commerce hearing. I’m able to snack on a few pretzels on the way.
3 p.m. Caucus meeting.
3:30 p.m. Meeting with constituents from Evanston [Ill.]: grandmother and her two grandkids. I really enjoy meeting constituents when they come visit D.C., always fun to talk.
4 p.m. Run to the floor for votes.
4:45 p.m. Call my husband and talk about the day.
5 p.m. Intel Committee briefing.
6:30 p.m. Walk back to my office to eat a quick snack and meet with staff.
7 p.m. Read materials for my phone interview with a Chicago news station.
7:10 p.m. Phone interview with WGN News in Chicago.
7:25 p.m. Take my niece to dinner.
8:20 p.m. Walking home with my niece, we stop by the Capitol steps for a free concert put on by the Air Force band. I plan on adding these to my calendar.
10 p.m. Start my homework. My staff sends me home with materials that I need to review for the next day. While reading over my materials, I have MSNBC on.
11:30 p.m. Go to sleep.
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Photos: (right) Rep. Jan Schakowsky / (left) Courtesy of Flickr