Thursday, July 25, 2019
Posted by: Women in Government Relations
In the Rayburn Cafeteria on July 24, over 400 attendees, and over 30 members of Congress including Speaker Pelosi gathered to bid farewell to a (full time working) Judy Schneider. Judy has spent almost four decades at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) as a Specialist on the Congress. Before that, she worked for committees in both the House and Senate. In 2018, she received the well-deserved lifetime achievement award for Congressional Staff from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). Members of Congress know how to legislate because Judy taught them. She is the one who educates lawmakers on the procedural rules, process and politics on how to get things done on the Hill. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) said it best – “I owe everything to Judy.”
In 2004 she was awarded the Distinguished Member Award, WGRs highest honor and 2015 WGR established the Judy Schneider Fellowship which is named in gratitude and appreciation for the immense impact she has had on WGR. As well as the thousands of women she has mentored, developed, and trained through her Direct Connect to Congress education series, since 1985.
Judy wants the best for WGR and women in this profession. She is a true treasure, legend and expert. She is going to be sorely missed on the Hill but she will still be around the hill and teaching our members about congressional procedure through Direct Connect to Congress.
Attendees at Judy’s Farewell were encouraged to donate to the Judy Schneider Fellowship which provides a 360 professional development experience, to young professionals in the early stages of her career. If you would like to make a contribution to the fellowship please click here.
Learn more about the Judy Schneider Fellowship here.