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NONPROFIT VP, LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Youngest County Commissioner In The Country

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Tim, the vice president of legislative affairs at StudentsFirst, is responsible for managing all of the organizations operations, including how they pass laws and policies. He oversees his team members who are spread all across the country and monitors laws and policies there. He knew he wanted to enter into politics right out of college, so he ran for country commissioner after he graduated and become the youngest in the country to run and win.

Degree: Political Science
Job Title: VP, Legislative Affairs
Employer: StudentsFirst.org

Job Summary: Legislators

Job Description

Legislators are elected officials who develop laws for the federal government, or for local or state governments. Legislators are members of the legislative branch of government, which is responsible for making new laws and changing existing laws. Legislators include members of the U.S. Congress; state senators and representatives; and city, county, and township commissioners and council members. Legislators govern by proposing bills, holding votes, and passing laws. Most legislators serve on committees that oversee different areas of government policy.

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$15,000 - $85,000
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Full-time
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Office, Travel, Remote, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
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Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

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Master's degree
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m='11920'>typical</span> <span m='12430'>day</span> <span m='12680'>really</span> <span m='13130'>is</span> <span m='13620'>I</span> <span m='13730'>spend</span> <span m='13930'>a</span> <span m='13980'>lot</span> <span m='14120'>of</span> <span m='14160'>time</span> <span m='14330'>on</span> <span m='14410'>the</span> <span m='14480'>phone,</span> <span m='14950'>a</span> <span m='15030'>lot</span> <span m='15280'>of</span> <span m='15320'>time</span> <span m='15570'>on</span> <span m='15660'>the</span> <span m='15770'>internet,</span> <span m='16400'>and</span> <span m='16950'>then</span> <span m='17580'>emails</span> <span m='18170'>and</span> <span m='18300'>voice</span> <span m='18560'>mails</span> <span m='18820'>back</span> <span m='19100'>and</span> <span m='19240'>forth</span> <span m='19470'>with</span> <span m='19600'>my</span> <span m='19720'>team</span> <span m='19970'>members.</span> </p><p><span m='20380'>Most</span> <span m='20520'>of</span> <span m='20560'>my</span> <span m='20660'>team</span> <span m='20890'>members</span> <span m='21640'>are</span> <span m='21860'>in</span> <span m='21960'>states</span> <span m='22390'>all</span> <span m='22650'>across</span> <span m='22990'>the</span> <span m='23070'>country.</span> <span m='24280'>So</span> <span m='24380'>I'm</span> <span m='24540'>daily</span> <span m='24990'>monitoring</span> <span m='25720'>what's</span> <span m='25910'>happening</span> <span m='26420'>there</span> <span m='26780'>and</span> <span m='26940'>giving</span> <span m='27220'>ideas</span> <span m='27630'>and</span> <span m='27730'>suggestions</span> <span m='28680'>on</span> <span m='28780'>how</span> <span m='28990'>we</span> <span m='29130'>become</span> <span m='29480'>more</span> <span m='29670'>involved</span> <span m='30120'>in</span> <span m='30190'>actually</span> <span m='30460'>passing</span> <span m='30860'>these</span> <span m='31040'>laws</span> <span m='31240'>and</span> <span m='31340'>policies</span> <span m='31890'>in the</span> <span m='32000'>state</span> <span m='32220'>capitals.</span> </p><p><span m='33310'>I</span> <span m='33500'>went</span> <span m='33700'>to</span> <span m='33800'>college</span> <span m='34200'>at</span> <span m='34270'>Oakland</span> <span m='34370'>University,</span> <span m='35130'>which</span> <span m='35350'>was</span> <span m='35660'>a</span> <span m='35870'>local</span> <span m='36410'>school</span> <span m='36770'>in</span> <span m='36830'>Michigan,</span> <span m='37340'>where</span> <span m='37380'>I</span> <span m='37400'>was</span> <span m='37530'>born</span> <span m='37730'>and</span> <span m='37790'>raised.</span> <span m='38470'>I</span> <span m='38620'>studied</span> <span m='39090'>political</span> <span m='39430'>science.</span> <span m='41080'>And funny</span> <span m='41480'>the</span> <span m='41590'>reason</span> <span m='41890'>why</span> <span m='42090'>I</span> <span m='42180'>went</span> <span m='42450'>that</span> <span m='42670'>route</span> <span m='42990'>was</span> <span m='43210'>I</span> <span m='43260'>wasn't</span> <span m='43510'>very</span> <span m='43690'>good</span> <span m='43850'>at</span> <span m='44990'>high-level</span> <span m='45540'>math.</span> <span m='45990'>So</span> <span m='46420'>I</span> <span m='46550'>went</span> <span m='46880'>the</span> <span m='47790'>bachelor</span> <span m='48370'>of</span> <span m='48580'>arts</span> <span m='48960'>route.</span> <span m='49790'>But</span> <span m='49910'>that</span> <span m='50270'>really</span> <span m='50640'>actually</span> <span m='51260'>inspired</span> <span m='51910'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='52800'>I</span> <span m='52910'>was</span> <span m='53070'>an</span> <span m='53160'>OK</span> <span m='53470'>student</span> <span m='53850'>until</span> <span m='54120'>I</span> <span m='54180'>got</span> <span m='54440'>into</span> <span m='54550'>the</span> <span m='54660'>political</span> <span m='54890'>science</span> <span m='55320'>field,</span> <span m='55630'>and</span> <span m='55740'>then</span> <span m='55910'>I</span> <span m='56020'>actually</span> <span m='56450'>just</span> <span m='56650'>became</span> <span m='57070'>an</span> <span m='57170'>honor</span> <span m='57470'>student.</span> <span m='58420'>Made</span> <span m='58670'>the</span> <span m='58730'>dean's</span> <span m='59060'>list,</span> <span m='59350'>and it was</span> <span m='59550'>because I was</span> <span m='59910'>actually</span> <span m='60180'>studying</span> <span m='60580'>something</span> <span m='60920'>I</span> <span m='60980'>really</span> <span m='61390'>enjoyed.</span> <span m='62590'>So</span> <span m='62720'>that</span> <span m='62890'>really</span> <span m='63140'>helped</span> <span m='63370'>me</span> <span m='63480'>in</span> <span m='63630'>my</span> <span m='63760'>career</span> <span m='64080'>path.</span> <span m='64390'>When</span> <span m='64530'>I</span> <span m='64590'>got</span> <span m='64810'>out</span> <span m='64879'>of</span> <span m='64940'>college.</span> <span m='65770'>First</span> <span m='66020'>thing</span> <span m='66160'>I</span> <span m='66230'>did</span> <span m='66510'>was</span> <span m='66630'>I</span> <span m='66760'>decided to</span> <span m='67040'>run</span> <span m='67190'>for</span> <span m='67330'>public</span> <span m='67650'>office.</span> <span m='68130'>I</span> <span m='68230'>ran</span> <span m='68310'>for</span> <span m='68480'>county</span> <span m='68760'>commissioner--</span> <span m='69260'>very</span> <span m='69570'>young.</span> <span m='69910'>I</span> <span m='69960'>think</span> <span m='70210'>I</span> <span m='70240'>was</span> <span m='70410'>the</span> <span m='70490'>youngest</span> <span m='70910'>one in</span> <span m='71070'>my</span> <span m='71200'>county</span> <span m='71560'>to</span> <span m='71720'>run</span> <span m='72400'>and</span> <span m='72520'>actually</span> <span m='72860'>win--</span> <span m='73930'>and I</span> <span m='74080'>won</span> <span m='74330'>by</span> <span m='74460'>one</span> <span m='74770'>vote.</span> <span m='75350'>We</span> <span m='75460'>did</span> <span m='75590'>a</span> <span m='75660'>lot</span> <span m='76010'>of</span> <span m='76090'>door</span> <span m='76310'>knocking.</span> <span m='77240'>We'd</span> <span m='77530'>learned</span> <span m='77980'>a</span> <span m='78040'>lot</span> <span m='78350'>during the</span> <span m='78620'>election</span> <span m='79110'>and</span> <span m='79270'>this</span> <span m='79480'>just</span> <span m='79750'>kept</span> <span m='80050'>moving.</span> </p><p><span m='80430'>I've</span> <span m='80530'>moved</span> <span m='80800'>up</span> <span m='80970'>the</span> <span m='81050'>political</span> <span m='81430'>ladder.</span> <span m='81840'>I</span> <span m='81880'>became</span> <span m='82200'>a</span> <span m='82250'>state</span> <span m='82470'>representative.</span> <span m='83630'>I</span> <span m='83770'>chaired</span> <span m='84090'>the</span> <span m='84180'>education</span> <span m='84720'>committee in</span> <span m='85030'>Michigan.</span> <span m='85950'>And</span> <span m='86120'>then</span> <span m='86360'>in</span> <span m='86500'>my</span> <span m='86660'>last</span> <span m='87070'>term</span> <span m='87730'>is</span> <span m='87910'>when</span> <span m='88070'>I</span> <span m='88170'>became</span> <span m='88640'>very,</span> <span m='89040'>very</span> <span m='89150'>active</span> <span m='89500'>with</span> <span m='89560'>StudentsFirst.</span> <span m='90020'>And</span> <span m='90540'>then</span> <span m='90790'>Michelle Rhee,</span> <span m='91800'>who</span> <span m='91930'>is</span> <span m='92060'>our</span> <span m='92170'>CEO,</span> <span m='92770'>actually</span> <span m='93540'>offer</span> <span m='93840'>me</span> <span m='93990'>a</span> <span m='94040'>job</span> <span m='94300'>to come</span> <span m='94540'>work</span> <span m='94730'>here, and</span> <span m='95000'>now</span> <span m='95230'>I</span> <span m='95450'>manage,</span> <span m='95980'>like</span> <span m='96190'>I</span> <span m='96230'>said,</span> <span m='96480'>the</span> <span m='96570'>legislative</span> <span m='97050'>activities</span> <span m='97580'>in 18</span> <span m='97970'>states.</span> </p><p><span m='99100'>What</span> <span m='99380'>I</span> <span m='99480'>wish</span> <span m='99810'>I</span> <span m='99890'>knew</span> <span m='100500'>when</span> <span m='100650'>I</span> <span m='100700'>was</span> <span m='100830'>younger</span> <span m='101170'>that</span> <span m='101340'>I</span> <span m='101420'>know</span> <span m='101630'>now is</span> <span m='103460'>in</span> <span m='103620'>your</span> <span m='103770'>schooling,</span> <span m='104680'>try</span> <span m='104830'>to</span> <span m='104900'>find</span> <span m='105130'>something</span> <span m='105660'>that</span> <span m='105820'>you</span> <span m='105950'>actually</span> <span m='106230'>care</span> <span m='106470'>about</span> <span m='106760'>it.</span> <span m='106960'>It</span> <span m='107060'>makes</span> <span m='107200'>it</span> <span m='107300'>a</span> <span m='107330'>lot</span> <span m='107790'>easier</span> <span m='108190'>to</span> <span m='108280'>study</span> <span m='108690'>a</span> <span m='108750'>subject</span> <span m='109890'>that</span> <span m='110040'>you</span> <span m='110150'>care</span> <span m='110370'>about.</span> <span m='110850'>And</span> <span m='111050'>actually</span> <span m='111450'>when</span> <span m='111610'>you</span> <span m='111690'>go</span> <span m='111830'>to</span> <span m='111900'>work,</span> <span m='112650'>it</span> <span m='112740'>doesn't</span> <span m='112990'>feel</span> <span m='113120'>like</span> <span m='113290'>work.</span> <span m='114050'>So</span> <span m='114320'>you</span> <span m='114510'>have</span> <span m='114690'>a</span> <span m='114740'>great</span> <span m='115030'>opportunity</span> <span m='115305'>at a</span> <span m='115580'>young</span> <span m='115890'>age,</span> <span m='116230'>particularly in</span> <span m='116550'>high</span> <span m='116730'>school</span> <span m='117210'>or</span> <span m='117410'>middle</span> <span m='117640'>school,</span> <span m='118430'>to</span> <span m='118520'>actually</span> <span m='118860'>find</span> <span m='119270'>something</span> <span m='119550'>you're</span> <span m='119710'>interested</span> <span m='120070'>in.</span> <span m='120240'>And</span> <span m='120460'>if</span> <span m='120560'>you</span> <span m='120670'>can</span> <span m='120810'>actually</span> <span m='121820'>study that</span> <span m='122310'>in</span> <span m='122510'>college</span> <span m='123130'>or</span> <span m='123720'>in a</span> <span m='124180'>community</span> <span m='124600'>college</span> <span m='125100'>or</span> <span m='125290'>trade</span> <span m='125630'>school,</span> <span m='126120'>and</span> <span m='126240'>actually</span> <span m='126930'>enjoy</span> <span m='127460'>the</span> <span m='127570'>job</span> <span m='127890'>you're</span> <span m='127990'>doing,</span> <span m='128580'>it</span> <span m='128710'>makes</span> <span m='129070'>life</span> <span m='129509'>so</span> <span m='129710'>much</span> <span m='129900'>more</span> <span m='130120'>enjoyable.</span> </p>","file":{"id":378833,"video_id":"3381405625001","name":"2334-Tim-VPLegislativeAffairs1","duration":131077,"thumbnail_url":null}});