An Open Letter from Congressional Staff to Senate

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We are staff who work for members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is our honor and privilege to serve our country and our fellow Americans. We write this letter to share our own views and experiences, not the views of our employers. But on January 6, 2021, our workplace was attacked by a violent mob trying to stop the electoral college vote count. That mob was incited by former president Donald J. Trump and his political allies, some of whom we pass every day in the hallways at work.

Many of us attended school in the post-Columbine era and were trained to respond to active shooter situations in our classrooms. As the mob smashed through Capitol Police barricades, broke doors and windows, and charged into the Capitol with body armor and weapons, many of us hid behind chairs and under desks or barricaded ourselves in offices. Others watched on TV and frantically tried to reach bosses and colleagues as they fled for their lives.

On January 6, the former President broke America’s 230-year legacy of the peaceful transition of power when he incited a mob to disrupt the counting of electoral college votes. Six people died. A Capitol Police officer—one of our co-workers who guards and greets us every day—was beaten to death. The attack on our workplace was inspired by lies told by the former president and others about the results of the election in a baseless, months-long effort to reject votes lawfully cast by the American people.

Our Constitution only works when we believe in it and defend it. It’s a shared commitment to equal justice, the rule of law, and the peaceful resolution of our differences. Any person who doesn’t share these beliefs has no place representing the American people, now or in the future. The use of violence and lies to overturn an election is not worthy of debate. Either you stand with the republic or against it.

As Congressional employees, we don’t have a vote on whether to convict Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the violent attack at the Capitol, but our Senators do. And for our sake, and the sake of the country, we ask that they vote to convict the former president and bar him from ever holding office again.

Signed,

Aaron Fritschner

Aaron Johnson

Aaron M. LaSure

Abigail Hewins

Adam Comis

Adam R. Spangler

Adam Taylor

Adam Veale

Adzua Agyapon

Aissa Canchola

Akolade Gbadamosi

Alan McQuinn

Alex Guajardo

Alex Karabatsos

Alex Marston

Alex Molina

Alex Sarabia

Alexa Marquez

Alexa Sledge

Alexander Gristina

Alexander Loewi

Alexander Urry

Alexandra Estrada

Alexandra Schnelle

Alexandra Yiannoutsos

Alexis C. MacDonald

Ali Vangrow

Alisa La

Allan Rodriguez

Allison Blankenship

Allison Lukas

Aly DeWills-Marcano

Alyssa Mendez

Alyssa Mendez

Amanda J Quesada

Amanda Yanchury

Amy Fischer

Amy Kuhn

Amy Soenksen

Ana Wolken

Andi McIver

Andre Earls

Andrea N. Goldstein

Andres William Bascumbe

Andrew Goddeeris

Andrew Myslik

Andrew Noh

Aneeb Sheikh

Angele Russell

Angelica Duque

Angie Wells

Anissa Z. Caldwell

Anne Feldman

Anne Wick

Annetta Joyce

Annmarie Goyzueta

Anthony Barnes

Anthony Bellmon

Anthony Lemma

Anuj Gupta

Aria Kovalovich

Arielle Devorah

Art Motta

Artin Haghshenas

Asha Samuel

Ashlee Nichole Rossler

Ashlee Wilkins

Ashley Kimberly Williams

Avery Bonifati

Barbara Hamlett

Beatrix M. Dalton

Ben Kamens

Ben Rutan

Ben Turner

Ben Wolff

Benito Torres Jr.

Benjamin Bernier

Bernadine Stallings

Blake Bibbs

Blair Wriston

Brad Korten

Brandon Garay

Brandon Mendoza

Brendan Greenlee

Brett Fulcer

Brianna Patterson

Bridget Hogan

Brigid Campbell

Brittan Robinson

Brittany Carr

Bryce Causey

Caleigh Lynch

Carianne Lee

Carlos Murillo Villasenor

Carmen Palumbo

Caroline Ramos

Carolyn Olortegui

Carrick Heilferty

Cassie Winters

Catherine Anderson

Caty Payette

Cesar Solis

Chandler Mason

Chelsea Alatriste Martinez

Chelsea Rivas

Chloe Brown

Chloe Kessock

Chris Gibson

Chris McCarthy

Christa Burton

Christian Seasholtz

Christian Unkenholz

Christopher Nguyen

Christopher Williams

Cindy M. Buhl

Cindy Matos Beltre

Clarissa Rojas

Cody Sibulo

Cole A. Baker

Colin Pio

Colleen Eagen Gerrity

Collin Davenport

Connor McNutt

Connor Vargo

Cori Duggins

Corinne Paul

Courtney Callejas

Courtney Cochran

Courtney Hruska

Courtney Koelbel

Courtney Neale

Courtney Rogers

Cyré Velez

Dan Riffle

Dana Hanson

Daniel Gleick

Daniel Holt

Daniel Maher

Daniela Contreras

Daniela Valles

Danielle Fulfs

Danielle Sumner

David Lucas

David Sanchez

David Todisco

Dayanara Ramirez

Denzel McCampbell

Devin Kelsey

Diala Qasem

Diane Dewhirst

Dr. Heather O’Beirne Kelly

Drew Hammill

Dylan McGowan

Eddie Meyer

Eduardo N. Lerma, Jr.

Edwin Sevilla

Eleanor Trenary

Elena Radding

Elizabeth Austin-Mackenzie

Elizabeth Kulig

Elizabeth Lopez-Sandoval

Eloise Melcher

Elyse Schupak

Emilie Simons

Emily Amador

Emily Druckman

Emily Lande-Rose

Emily Loya

Emily Morrison

Emma Kaplan

Emma Norman

Emma Zafran

Erin Melody

Eva Naomi Gutierrez

Evan Brooks

Evan Brooks

Evan Giesemann

Evan P Dale

Fabiola Pagán Meléndez

Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampol

Frederick Castro

Gabby Richards

Gabrielle Howard

Gail Chaney Kalinich

George “Stephen” Williams, Jr.

George Flynn

George R. Robinson III

Gloria Nlewedim

Grace Rubinger

Greg Claus

Griffin M. Anderson

Haiya Kofler

Haiya Kofler

Hannah Ceja

Hannah Crook

Hannah Melissa Borja

Hannah Weinerman

Hans Leisman

Harden Spencer

Harsh Deshmukh

Heather Boyd

Hector Colón

Helen Beaudreau

Humberto Ramos

Hussain Altamimi

Ingrid Gavin Parks

Ingrid Gavin Parks

Isabelle Bock

Isis Lopez

Jabir A. McKnight

Jack Besser

Jack Gebbia

Jack Stelzner

Jacklyn Rogers

Jackson Richard Thein

Jacqueline A. Sanchez

Jae’Von McClain

Jaime Cobham

Jaime Lizárraga

Jaimee Gilmartin

Jake Lemons

Jakub Lis

Jamari Torrence

James DeAtley

James E. McFeely

James Marrow

Jamie Smith

Janie Thompson

Jasi Edwards

Jasleen Vig

Jason Nerad

Jason Tufele Carl Johnson

Jed Ober

Jen Fox

Jenna Jaffe

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Chandler

Jeren Totten

Jermaine Simmons

Jesse Malowitz

Jessica Andino

Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Mulligan

Jessica Pedroza

Jessica Valdez

Jessie Durrett

Jill Hirsch

Johana Mata

John A. Cruz-Olivari

John Chapa Gorczynski

John Doty

John Swords

John Swords

Johnathan Garza

Joicelynne Jackson

Jona Koka

Jonathan Arthur Rowles

Jonathan Nwaru

Jonathan Rayner

Jordan Dashow

Jordan Evans

Jordan J. Lewis

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia

Joseph Costello

Joseph Valente

Josh Richman

Josie Feron

Joy A. Hamer

Juan Romero-Casillas

Julia Albertson

Julia Kravitz

Julian Gerson

Julie Jochem

Julie Tagen

Justin McCartney

Justine Liebenson

K’Yetta McKinney

Kaozouapa E Lee

Kat Cosgrove

Kate Brescia

Kate Stotesbery

Katharine Nasielski

Katherine Ambrose

Kathryn Alexander

Katie Worley

Katrina Martell

Kelli Scott

Kelly Hennessy

Kelly L. Bovio

Kelsey Smith

Kendra Wood

Kenneth Russell DeGraff

Kevin Figueroa

Kevin ONeil

Kevin Vargas

Kiara Tringali

Kichelle Webster

Kierstin Stradford

Kimberly Stanton

Kimiko Hirota

Kira Floersheim

Koh Chiba

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