Congratulations to Justine Sessions, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2005. National Journal, an online publication that covers the political scene in Washington D.C., has named her to its list of “Hill People” to watch. Justine is the majority communications director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
As she tells National Journal, life in the nation’s capitol first intrigued her when she was a W&L student, studying in Washington on her way to a B.A. in politics. After graduation, she spent a few years working for former Sen. Christopher Dodd, D.-Conn, as his deputy press secretary and press secretary. At the time, he was chairing the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, running for president and dealing with legislation to stop the impending financial crisis.
She remembers one particular moment during that turbulent time. “I’m standing outside with what felt like, and probably was, the entire press corps,” she told National Journal. “You feel the power of the moment, and you realize what your boss and others are discussing has a profound impact on the future of the country.”
After her term with Dodd, Justine directed communications for the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Ned Lamont in Connecticut, her home state. She started her current post last September.