The Road to Washington

Nicole Foltz '05 is a counsel for the House of Representatives Budget Committee.

Each morning before 8 a.m., Nicole Foltz passes through the staff entrance of the Cannon Office Building – often with coffee, briefcase, and newspaper in hand – and up two flights of stairs to her office at the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee. Foltz, a 2005 graduate of the University of Mary Washington and a legal counsel for the committee, was recently named one of the National Journal’s 25 Under 35 Most Influential Women in D.C. for 2013. The call from the magazine informing her of the accolade came as a complete surprise, said the Mansfield, Ohio native. “My job is very nerdy,” she said. “I’m completely flattered and honored to even be considered for [the list].” As part of the House budget committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, she drafts legislation and monitors bills for how they will affect the budget and the deficit. “There really is no typical day for me,” Foltz said. “Sometimes I’m meeting with different [House] member offices to brief them on … [Read more...]