Get to Know Your LDAC Lobbyist

The following report is from LDAC Lobbyist, Carrie Rand of Nome Associates

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Tell us a little about your background. Where did you grow up, go to school, etc.?

I grew up in Connecticut and went to Providence College in Providence, R.I.

What made you realize you wanted to be a lobbyist?

I had a professor in college who was a lobbyist. He made us track bills to gain a general understanding of the legislative process. I liked it, and when I returned home, I worked on some campaigns as I was interested in politics. I minored in Political Science. At the end of the campaigns, I was offered a job at a lobbying firm, and everything grew from there.

What was your first lobbying or political job, and what was your favorite part of it?

I lobbied for the law firm Robinson & Cole. I really loved the variety of the issues and working with different people.

What is something people are always surprised to learn about your role as a lobbyist or what you do in government?

How hard you work to get bills passed or killed. It is a labor-intensive job.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve worked on lately?

The vaccine rollout during COVID was extremely difficult, but I loved the science and how society benefited from the vaccine rollout.

If you were not a lobbyist, what would you be?

A lawyer.

And just for fun, what about your home state do you believe every person should experience at least once? (food, location, experience, etc.)

New Haven pizza!