From NC to DC: A Capitol Hill staffer’s route to Washington


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Reggie McCrimmon met his boss, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a couple of years ago, when McCrimmon was student body president at N.C. Central University, Butterfield’s alma mater.

“He reached out to me because I was president there and was on the board of trustees,” McCrimmon said. “We had a conversation about when he was an undergraduate there. We talked about his path. I really admire that he took the time to do that.”

As a political science major, McCrimmon, who grew up in Fayetteville, said he read about Washington all the time and wanted to work there.

“You watch the news and see all the excitement going on. I’ve always been a person who wanted to be in the eye of the storm, to see firsthand how things operate,” he said.

McCrimmon didn’t ask the congressman from Wilson for a job right away. He took internships while in college with then-Gov. Bev Perdue and the state’s Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro. But he stayed in touch with Butterfield.

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