Dean Works With Senator Snowe in Washington, D.C.
Bradley Dean, who graduated from UMF with a degree in political science, works as a staff assistant in U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe’s Washington, D.C., office. Dean helps manage Snowe’s brimming schedule, which, apart from working on the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence and drafting legislation, involves constituent meetings and speaking engagements at events ranging from county fairs to bridge openings. Of all his responsibilities, Dean said trips to the U.S. Capitol on official business are the most rewarding.
“Occasionally, I’ll run a paper over to her [Senator Snowe’s] Capitol office, and I stop to think about what’s actually in my hands, a bill or amendment to legislation for the entire country. It’s at that point that I just try to make sure I don’t bend the document, smudge her signature or do anything that might hinder the legislative process,” he said with a laugh.Dean, who was in charge of financial affairs for UMF’s student senate and a student representative to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, said senior-year internships in Snowe’s Auburn and Augusta offices were his entrée to working in Washington. The internship experience also was the basis of a six-credit independent study course supervised by his academic advisor, Jim Melcher, associate professor of political science at UMF.
Dean said he savors the supporting role in politics and looks forward to being an executive assistant or legislative correspondent for a U.S. representative or senator. Away from work, he enjoys biking in the shadows of the Washington monuments and continuing his study of sign language at nearby Gallaudet University, a leader in undergraduate and graduate programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.