Michael LaRosa‘s interest in politics came at a young age. His first politics-related memory is of a placemat his parents put on the dinner table showing all of the U.S. presidents. He quickly mastered all the names and was happy to share that knowledge with classmates and teachers.
“It morphed into the interest in government and politics,” he said. “I memorized them at a young age. I started watching CSPAN. I remember some of my earliest memories coming home from fourth grade and watching Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) from Colorado switch parties. It was right after the ’94 election. I was a real junkie at a really young age. Politicians were and still are celebrities to me.”
After studing political science at Seton Hall University, LaRosa landed an internship on then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y) 2006 reelection campaign. There he learned firsthand about the day-to-day activities of a campaign, from fundraising to event planning.
LaRosa went on to serve as a personal aide to former Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), scheduler for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and special assistant to the deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management.
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