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Staff Snapshots | Jay Pearson

December 11, 2019

Role: Sergeant-at-Arms, Virginia House of Delegates; Administrator, House Page Program

The work he’s most proud of: “Helping to make history every day—and many times just surviving hectic daily floor sessions.”

Why did you choose to work at the legislature? 

I have always liked government, so what better environment to work in than the Virginia legislature in the historic State Capitol.

What do you find most enjoyable or rewarding about your job? 

The dedication of friendly staff, helping others and making a difference. 

What has been your greatest challenge or frustration? 

People not showing enough respect for our legislative institution and the work that we do.

When you are not working, what might we find you doing?

Working out, visiting family and enjoying friends.

Any insights for your peers? Any shoutouts to colleagues or legislators you’ve worked with? 

Have a positive outlook and a strong work ethic. There’s no job too small or big to do and do right. Take time to appreciate meeting and working with people from all works of life. 

Anything else your legislative staff peers might find interesting? 

This year, the Virginia General Assembly is commemorating 400 years of history since we are America’s first and oldest representative law-making body in the Western Hemisphere (1619-2019). What began here became a model for American democracy that has influenced the world. I am lucky to be a part of that legacy.

This email interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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