As Congress and many state legislatures get under way, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and they’ll have plenty of questions about the challenges. But here’s one thing they might not even have imagined: The hardest part of their new jobs may be the most basic – casting a vote on legislation.
It took a constituent asking point-blank what I found most difficult about the role before I grasped this. I thought about the long hours, the time away from home, the criticism and pressure from pretty much every side. Then I realized that it wasn’t the frustrations of the job that made it difficult, but its very core: deciding how to vote.