WASHINGTON (9/12/08)—Changing one’s status from a Capitol Hill player to a “former” Hill hot shot may hold some surprises for the thousand or so who will face that transition—voluntarily or otherwise—after the November elections, wrote Dan Mica, president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), this week in The Hill. In his most recent monthly K Street Insider column, Mica wrote that “current wisdom” indicates that approximately 40-45 congressmen and six to nine senators will be leaving Congress after the elections. That, he added, translates to more than 1,000 staffers also. Sharing his perspective as one who has made the transition, Mica said the change can be an eye-opener for some. “When you’re in, you’re in; When you’re out, you’re out,” he warned. And a change to a professional life of Washington K-Street style lobbying occasionally can be a particularly rude awakening. Mica served in the U.S. Congress from 1979 to 1989 as a representative from Florida. “To be clear, a life outside Congress and on K Street can be rewarding and fulfilling, and it has been so for me. But there are adjustments, and one needs to be prepared for the certain change,” Mica wrote. “I learned quickly the phone system works quite differently from downtown to Capitol Hill, rather than vice versa,” Mica mused, “You will find that it takes longer to have calls returned, if they are returned at all.” Be prepared for rejection, to resign your position as center of attention, even to pay for past misdeeds if you were abusive on the way up, Mica advised his Capitol Hill readers. He joked, “Even your golf game is likely to change. The ‘gimmes’ on the golf course go away. You may find yourself asking: ‘Hey, what happened to my game?’” For more Mica pearls, use the resource link below to read the complete column.