The Hill's 25 Women to Watch: Page 5 of 26






In a town where rules are reinvented daily — and even then, rarely obeyed — Anne Thorsen revels in the one institution run by them.

Thorsen, 35, serves as House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) director of floor operations, a job that requires her to craft strategies for moving legislation through the House and advise lawmakers on how to execute those plans.

Unlike the Senate, where almost anything goes, the House is governed by extensive rules to allow for order among the chaos of 435 members. Thorsen says she works for a “great boss who believes in the ‘People’s House’ and wants to make the institution function as it should on behalf of members and the public.”

And since Boehner is known to delegate “most smaller decisions” to his trusted staff, Thorsen has her hands full — which she loves.

“I love the structure of my job,” she explains to The Hill. “I’m a rules nerd through and through, which my children can probably attest to.”

The young but experienced University of Richmond graduate has worn a number of hats in D.C, including legislative director to Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) and an assistant legislative liaison for the Small Business Administration under the George W. Bush administration — where she worked in Iraq in 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority.

But working in the Capitol, alongside lawmakers and staffers, proves satisfying on a daily basis.

Thorsen says she has “one of the most interesting jobs in the country.” 

“I’m motivated every day by the smart and dedicated people I work with,” she says, “and by the hope that I’m playing a small role in addressing some of the country’s biggest problems.”

As for her future? Thorsen’s not worried.

“I just want to keep doing the best job I can, and I know that the rest will take care of itself,” she says.

— Molly K. Hooper