Highways are paved, people are fed and homes are energy efficient due to the vigilance of 1980 alum Gary L. Endicott, who became legislative counsel of the U.S. Senate on January 1.
Endicott had been serving as counsel since 1981. Now he is in charge of managing the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate. "That role includes ensuring the office provides high quality legislation to meet the needs of the Senate and maintaining professional relationship with the core legislative offices of the Senate," Endicott says.
As senior counsel, Endicott drafted professional quality legislation for committees, senators and their staff, with an emphasis on natural resources. "I also have advised clients on legal and constitutional issues, and on budgetary and Senate rules and procedures," he says. "I trained and supervised attorneys in drafting, research and client assistance as a team leader."
Every day in his job, Endicott uses the experiences and skills he learned at the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, a La Follette School precursor. "The quantitative skills courses I took have tremendously benefitted me in my career in that much of the programs I work on use allocation or payment formulas that require those skills," says Endicott, who earned his law degree and his master of arts in public policy and administration in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 1976. "I also use the quantitative skills I acquired in managing my office, especially its budget."
Endicott has worked on several major farm, energy and highway bills over the years. "Each bill required a significant amount of hard work and energy over a long period of time throughout the legislative process," he says. "I worked with many committees, members and staff of Congress, and established farm, energy, and highway programs for the United States for multiple years after enactment. The 2005 and 2007 energy bills I drafted helped increase energy supplies and efficiency in the United States."
Endicott also developed a professional drafting relationship between the Office of the Legislative Counsel and the committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and Public Works; and Indian Affairs. Other highlights of his work include client assistance, policy analysis, nonpartisan work and legal computer development.
Endicott's experience in Wisconsin shaped his career goals. "In particular, my internships with the Wisconsin Director of State Courts Office developed my strong interest in public service, especially working for legislative bodies that combine my public policy and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin," says Endicott, who served as a staff attorney for the North Dakota Legislative Council before moving to Washington, D.C. "The La Follette School significantly affected and helped form my career goals by allowing me to enroll in courses and internships that developed in me a strong interest in combining my public policy and law degrees to assist legislative bodies in developing public policy through the drafting of legislation."
"I have devoted my professional career to public service because I have found it highly interesting and rewarding," he says. "I am deeply grateful to the La Follette School and Law School of the University of Wisconsin for giving me the background and skills that have enabled me to draft and manage legislation for the U.S. Senate for my 34-year career."