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In 1988, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Chapman College in Orange, CA. In pursuit of gainful employment, I moved to Washington, DC almost immediately after graduation, taking a job with a lobbying law firm. My experiences at the firm furthered my interest in the legislative process and inspired me to earn a very interesting (although some might say not entirely useful) Master's degree in Legislative Affairs. I then tested my academic understanding of the legislative process through a job as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill. Needless to say, the "real world" of working on the hill was vastly different from the text books. [+]