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Amanda Carpenter: Speechwriter and senior communications adviser, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

Amanda Carpenter was already well-known in Washington as a conservative journalist and cable news guest when she made the move to Capitol Hill in February 2010.

Carpenter said that she had never aspired to work on the Hill, but that an offer to be Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) speechwriter and senior communications adviser changed all that.

“For Senator DeMint, I came in a heartbeat,” Carpenter said. “It was a perfect fit. There was no way I could say no.”

Since then, Carpenter has been penning op-eds, floor statements and talking points for the ambitious conservative senator who lit the flame under the tea-party fire during the 2010 races.

Carpenter achieved two of her long-term goals in 2010, when she placed op-eds in both The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

But she’s also known for her digital media savvy.

Carpenter has thousands of followers on Twitter. She said she began using the social media site after the 2008 election, as she started making more appearances on cable news shows as a journalist.

“People start talking back,” she said.

What’s Carpenter’s secret for attracting so many followers?

“I do try to keep it pretty much related to my job, so it’s not fluff,” she said. “People know you’re linking to an article for a reason.”

In Their Own Words

“There’s going to be a lot of opportunity there to talk about the things we want to,” Carpenter said after the 2010 elections swept Republicans into Congress.

To read more about Carpenter and other Republican and Democratic Capitol Hill staffers, go to

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