Two Harbors grad hits D.C.Former Two Harbors High School student council president and valedictorian Staci Lieffring may make some noise on a much bigger political stage someday.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Former Two Harbors High School student council president and valedictorian Staci Lieffring may make some noise on a much bigger political stage someday.
She took the first steps in that direction this summer as a Congressional intern in Washington D.C. in U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office.
The University of Minnesota senior did research for legislative staff, tracked legislative development, gave tours of the capitol and talked to constituents on the phone.
“I like the public policy aspect,” Lieffring said. She also interned in Klobuchar’s Minnesota office.
And being in the hot political zone of Washington is interesting as well. At the late swearing-in ceremony for Sen. Al Franken, she got to meet former Vice President Walter Mondale. She said meeting the famous Minnesotan was “cool.”
She also got to sit in on the judiciary committee discussing the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, now the first Hispanic justice. “You don’t get the whole picture by watching C-span,” she said.
She has learned through close contact just how tough it is to represent people in a cynical age for politics. “I can understand where people’s frustrations come from,” she said, but “I don’t necessarily see politics as negative.”
She became interested in politics as a junior in an American government class.
She’s part of a surge in young people getting involved in politics. “They are increasing, especially with the last campaign,” Lieffring said of the way President Obama energized a generation. “There’s definitely room for growth.”
She said there is more room for women and minorities in politics.
Does she have a political future? “I don’t know about [running for] president, but maybe U.S. Senate.”
To get to her goal she plans on attending law school. “My ultimate goal would be Harvard,” she said. She is also looking at the University of California Berkeley and Columbia.
She is due to receive her U of M undergraduate degree this spring in political science and marketing.