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Elevator Operators in the Capitol make Big Bucks Pressing Buttons for Senators

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Many people have probably never seen an elevator operator these days. Jobs like elevator operator and bathroom attendant seem to be extinct. However, if you should happen to become a United States Senator, get used to having someone push the elevator buttons for you.

Over the last five years, Uncle Sam has paid out over $1.2 million to pay operators who man the Capitol’s senators-only elevators. The longer the elevator operator pushes the right buttons, the more money they will rake in. The longest tenured elevator operator has seen a salary increase each of the last five years. That operator has earned over $210,000 over those five years, giving them an average salary of around $42,000 a year.

So why can’t Senators just select their floor on their own? The Senate sergeant at arms office, which employs the operators, defended the presence of the elevator operators by saying that they provide services to the Senators besides the obvious. They listed nine roles and responsibilities of the operators that are separate from the physical operation of the automated elevators. Many of these other responsibilities deal with providing a clear and safe path for Senators to move through quickly, pointing confused tourists in the right direction, and working in the galleries during Senate recesses. The sergeant at arms office also noted that all elevator operators are certified in first aid and CPR.

In 2011, the sergeant at arms office decided that elevator operators would be among the furloughed nonessential staff. However, even after the Senate identified the taxpayer-funded operators as nonessential, no evidence exists to suggest that they plan on eliminating or reducing the funding for those positions. So if you hate pressing the buttons on elevators on your own, all you have to do is become a Senator!

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35 comments

  1. Seems like this could be a position for a veteran with a disability

  2. Senators and congressman are both over rated in this day and age. If you can do online banking, you can d-a-m-n well vote on line and make a decision. 1 person 1 vote. End of story.

  3. Next thing you know they’ll be hiring assistants to look out the window and tell them about the weather. Our hard earned money simply isn’t real to our dear leaders.. They are incapable of living within their means.

  4. How lazy can these people be..A waste of tax payers money..Push your own elevator button.
    Gee do you need help wiping your butts to??

  5. Bob, that sounds like a very smart solution to many of our vets dealing with a very high unemployment environment. Sadly there are most likely federal union problems to deal with and senators who don’t want to “upset” the apple cart. I may just put an email into my semi-useful senator, Schumer mailbox.

  6. The relevant fact is that their union dues are donated to the Democrat party. HEIL OBAMA

  7. Sounds just like the Roman Empire. I guess these same Senators have a helper in the bathroom too. I could see in the picture that the Goverment is an EEOC emplyer how nice and at $42,000 a year! What a waste !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Are you serious? With all that is wrong with the Congress and the nation, you have nothing better to do than pick on elevator operators making $42,000 per year? Members of Congress make almost $200,000 per year. The deficit totals hundreds of billions. And why five-year totals? Even the lowest salaries will sound like a lot of money if you total them up over enough years. This article has not purpose but to spread cynicism.

  9. I guess after sitting on your thumbs all day on the Senate floor you’re just to confused to press the right buttons.

  10. Vote out ALL incumbent elected federal office holders should they stand for reelection!

  11. Well they should! The smell of the Garbage they carry must be overwhelming!

  12. I totally agree! I’m not a veteran but I’m so tired of the waseteful spending. Veterans are having a rough time transitioning back to the country they protected. Speaking of CPR/First aid, who is better trained to give assistance and aid? Someone that went through a class or hands on experience? Plus the veteran could also be included in the security side of the senate! Thank you Bob!

  13. Let the Elevator operators run the capitol and put the senators pushing buttons in the elevator. We would be saving Millions.

  14. If what we send to Raleigh are too uninformed (was going to say stupid, but did not want to be flagged by a Democrat) to push an elevator button, why should we send such a person?

  15. There are two reasons. 1. The operators are Black and that is what obama wanted to do employ more Blacks than whites. 2. The senators do not have the intelligence to figure which button to pusch.

  16. Last word in last line above was supposed to be PUSH. I guess my hand-eye work on my keyboard qualifies me to be a senator. Sorry.

  17. This problem can only be solved by peasants with pitchforks. Rise up, America!

  18. How do I apply for this position????? I remember when I was younger, the elevators had operators, but they also had a gate that had to be closed first. I can see the use for a operator at that time, but now? Just to push a button? And as far as other duties, as giving directions, anyone in a hallway can do this. CPR, again many people walking around in the building can also do this. $42,000 a year seriously… I just think this is a waste of tax money that could be spend on something else. It comes down to status, that’s all it is. Power to Senators, they are people just like you and I and have fingers to press their own buttons. What a waste of money, but if they are not going to omit this, yes I agree with the comment above, give it to a veteran!

  19. $42,000 ???? In D.C. poverty wages !!

  20. Thats a good idear as long he or she is part of the buddy system.

  21. while this JOB does help someones family it is a complete waste of MY money.
    with washington in the complete state of disarray and confusion its nice to
    see that these senators will get to the proper floor they need.

  22. I was really impressed that the Senate’s personal elevator operators are certified in first aid and CPR. But not to the extent of $42,000 a year.

    Once again, I have to say that it would be much cheaper for the long-suffering taxpayer to just replace dead or damaged political hacks like Senators and congresscritters, than to keep them in the style to which they, and all government bureaucrats have become accustomed.

  23. If my comment is “awaiting moderation,” it must be because it struck a nerve.

  24. Sounds like the same excuse FDA ORA uses to justify GS 12 and 13 office assistants. They “do other things”. More like on paper only.

  25. Now, this is wasteful. If a senator can not push their own button he needs to be voted out !!!!

  26. Seem like a job that could be eliminated along with about 50 % of all other government jobs.

  27. Try living on $42,000 in D.C. Also, the Senate probably doesn’t know how to push the elevator buttons.

  28. So…$42,000 a year to push elevator buttons that politicians are too LAZY to push themselves???? Honestly?????

  29. Are you suggesting that we lower the self esteem of disabled vets by giving them a job of pushing buttons for those who control the VA etc? Puhhlleeeese, they have too much pride for that. That job is for political suckups and those who fall under other government programs.

  30. Response to Bob Deschenes: Senators don’t want to see the disabled, especially ones that were caused by their decisions to go to war.

  31. What! You call $42.000 Big Bucks in DC.
    This is nothing compared to the Millions Senators steal.
    Or in the case of Big Mouth Darrell Issa, who’s wealth is closer to a Billion.
    So go suck on that!

  32. I agree 100% with Bob. But let us not be disillusioned. These Politicians simply don’t care about Veterans. They talk a good game but that’s about as far as it goes.

  33. what a bunch of shit……no wonder other countries hate us

  34. anybody who thinks $42000 a year is a lot of money, needs a reality check. they show up for work, pay into social security, hopefully have retirement savings. there are many other places one should look for government waste before peering into a working man’s paycheck!

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