Special to The Greenup Beacon
Thousands of people pass through the halls of the State Capitol each year to participate in the annual legislative sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly. In addition to state legislators, some are legislative interns like Caitlin Johnson.
Johnson, 21, of Raceland, said she was pleased to intern through Morehead State University for State Rep. Tanya Pullin, D-South Shore, during the 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
“I wanted to complete the internship to better my understanding of legislation,” said Johnson, a college senior who is studying Agribusiness at Morehead State University. “I wanted to make myself better-rounded, and complete something I never saw myself accomplishing.”
As an intern, Johnson’s schedule is busy. She splits her time between taking classes on campus and working in Frankfort where she spends two days a week helping Rep. Pullin. Days at the Capitol are spent tracking the status of bills, following committee testimony and getting “the full experience of working at the Capitol,” Johnson says.
After graduation Johnson said she plans to work in the agriculture industry. She said she believes her internship will serve her well in her chosen field.
“It has given me many opportunities to network and experience what Kentucky legislators are working on to better agriculture in Kentucky,” said Johnson. “I have had the opportunity to see how hard legislators work to make sure Kentucky residents are protected and taken care of.”
She also praised Rep. Pullin, who she said “does an excellent job.”
“I am very thankful for the opportunity Representative Pullin gave me. I learned more than I thought possible and I have thoroughly enjoyed every day I have worked for her,” said Johnson.
Rep. Pullin said Johnson has been a valuable member of the team in her Frankfort office. "These short sessions held in odd-numbered years are only 30 days long and are full-speed from the first day to the last day." Pullin said "Caitlin has a great attitude and has been a big help in the work this session."
The 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to end on March 24.