It’s three of a Kind: New assistants settle into Wis.-3rd district Washington office


Gulick, 28, joins Travis Robey and Meghan Roh as new additions to Kind’s office. Robey, 29, is the new legislative director, and Roh, 23, is the new legislative correspondent.

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After graduating from the University of Washington, Gulick began her career at Jim Beam, where, as a regulatory affairs analyst, she became an expert in state alcohol laws.

She simultaneously earned a master’s degree in public policy administration from Northwestern University, then moved to D.C. to burrow into housing finance policy at the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. She later handled all legislative issues as former Rep. Ellen Tauscher’s (D-Calif.) legislative correspondent.

Now in Kind’s office, she has immersed herself in yet another area: wildlife law. She’s 100 pages into a book on the subject, boning up for her work on natural-resources issues.

“It doesn’t read quite as fast as fiction,” she says. (Gulick also handles foreign affairs, defense and financial services policy for Kind.)

Robey, on the other hand, focuses primarily on healthcare. With his boss on the Ways and Means Committee’s Health subcommittee, Robey has had his share of 18-hour days in the past few months.

He has gotten used to telling his wife that he’ll catch up on sleep during “the next recess.”

“Now it’s Christmas,” he says.

Robey, a Michigan native, graduated from Kalamazoo College and studied health law at the University of Maryland School of Law. Before joining Kind’s office, he worked for then-Rep. (now Sen.) Ben Cardin (D-Md.), former Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).

He says he is from a “very working-class” family.

“That’s particularly why I decided to go into healthcare [policy], because I had a lot of family members who didn’t have insurance,” he says.

Roh grew up in Kind’s district. She loved politics as a child — “I was the kid that was reading Newsweek in third grade instead of, like, the Highlights magazine,” she says — and met Kind and his chief of staff, Erik Olson, during a trip to Washington in high school.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Roh took a job in Gov. Jim Doyle’s (D) office. She eventually wanted to make it to Washington, though, and stayed in touch with Olson until a spot in Kind’s office opened up.

“I feel like I should tour the country and advocate for networking at a young age,” Roh says.

As for time outside the office, all three say they enjoy the outdoors — Robey citing strolls through the city with his wife as a preferred activity, and Roh saying she likes to run. Gulick, in keeping with the diversity in other areas of her life, says she likes to hike, snowboard, golf, swim and play soccer, softball and volleyball.

She also bikes to work.

“Oh, I play tennis, too,” she adds.