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February 10, 2016

Take Five: Rep. Mike Coffman

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Back home, Coffman tours the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Mike Coffman, R–Colo., talks about the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos, skiing in central Europe and Rocky Mountain oysters.

Q: Who is your favorite player on the Denver Broncos?

A: Peyton Manning. A couple years ago, I met him and I think that I was just so impressed with him, how humble he was. I think he’s a good person, a great role model. It was at a fundraising breakfast for Boy Scouts of America, he was the keynote speaker. That’s where I had the opportunity to meet him. I don’t think he will play another season with this last game being the Super Bowl. In Colorado, [former Broncos quarterback] John Elway had two Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998. I think back to back is really hard to do, particularly in the way the NFL does the draft, they try and equalize things. Given the fact that Manning’s 39 years old, I think he’d be wise to retire. Talk about stepping out on such a high note.

Q: Where and with whom did you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?

A: With family, back in Colorado.

Q: If you could be any profession other than a politician, what would you be?

A: I love my past two professions before I came here. I was in the Marine Corps, but I think I’m too old for that. And I was a small business owner. I love that, being an entrepreneur. If I could go back, I think I would go back to either one of those. I had a property management business that I started from scratch in 1983 and I sold it in 2000.

Q: Do you ski, and if so, when did you learn?

A: Even though I lived in Colorado growing up, I really didn’t get into skiing actually until I was in the United States Army. I joined the Army when I was 17 years old and I think when I was about 18 I was on the border of [the former] Czechoslovakia. And, we drew names out of a helmet to go away there for a week and I drew the winning number. And I got to learn how to do recreational skiing there. When I came back home and went to the University of Colorado, I got into skiing pretty heavily. I now like skiing in Vail.

Q: What is your favorite local Colorado food?

A: Rocky Mountain oysters, usually at a bar. It’s something we do back home; it’s kind of hard to explain. [Editor’s note: Rocky Mountain oysters are fried bull, pig or sheep testicles.]

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February 3, 2016

Take Five: Rep. John Delaney

Delaney (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Delaney (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., talks about Bruce Springsteen, the New York Stock Exchange and time with his four daughters.

Q: I hear you’re a big Bruce Springsteen fan, when did you start loving the Boss?

A: In high school is when it really started forming, so that’s when I really came to age with Bruce music, which was the late 70s, early 80s. It was kind of between [albums] Born to Run and the River.

Q: Do you have a favorite Springsteen song?

A: You know, I have so many. As a kid I loved Jungleland and more recently, it goes to [the Ghost of] Tom Joad that’s been kind of a favorite. I just like what it symbolizes. And, I’ve seen Springsteen about 30 times in concert.

Q: You’re a successful businessman, what is your biggest accomplishment in your business career?

A: Well, I would have to say one high point that comes to mind was when we took my first company public, which was in 1996. And, standing up there with my whole team on the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange, ringing the bell. The New York Stock Exchange is right across the Hudson River from basically where I grew up, in this blue collar neighborhood of New Jersey. And I was 33 at the time, at the time I think I was the youngest CEO in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. For the whole team, being able to do that in a relatively short period of time, we had only started the [health care financing] company three years earlier, was a big thrill for all of us.

Q: You studied biology at Columbia University, what did you originally want to do after graduation?

A: I thought I would go to medical school and while I was at Columbia and studying biology and thinking of going to medical school, I did two things. I worked at St. Luke’s Hospital, which was a hospital right near Columbia, and I also worked up at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. And it became pretty clear to me based on doing that, that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I largely was pursuing that because it was something my parents thought I should do, less because I was a good student.

Q: You’re the father of four daughters and one of the closest lawmakers to your home, what do you do with your daughters in your spare time?

A: I just like enjoying spending time with them, which often times is going to their activities, their games, whatever they may be doing at the time. And all the girls have had different interests across time. We tend to be pretty active, so one of the things we like doing as a family is spending time out in the mountains, whether it being skiing or hiking or any of those kinds of things.

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January 27, 2016

Take Five: Rep. Barbara Lee

Lee (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., talks about Golden State hoops,  being a Capitol Hill intern and how her garden grows in the drought. Full story

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January 20, 2016

Take Five: Rep. Robert Aderholt

Aderholt (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Aderholt was in the band. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala., talks about the University of Alabama’s most recent NCAA football national championship and the Yellowhammer State’s favorite cuisine: barbecue. Full story

January 13, 2016

Take Five: Rep. John Conyers

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Conyers (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, the Dean of the House, Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., who has been attending States of the Union since being elected in 1964, talks about hearing Lyndon B. Johnson speak, Detroit and his long tenure in public office. Full story

January 6, 2016

Take Five: Speaker Paul D. Ryan

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 17: Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., conducts his weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, December 17, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Who better to start off the second session of the 114th Congress than Speaker Paul D. Ryan? This week, the freshly shaved Wisconsin Republican talks about ringing in the New Year, what he misses when he’s away from home and bow hunting. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 5 a.m.
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December 14, 2015

Take Five: Rep. David Jolly

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1: Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., attends a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing in Rayburn Building, October 1, 2014, on Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who is imprisoned in Mexico. Tahmooressi, who suffers from PTSD, has been held in Mexico since being arrested in March for carrying guns across the border. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jolly (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Senate hopeful and Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., talks about playing the piano, his favorite water sports hobbies and how he got into politics. Full story

November 3, 2015

Take Five: Rep. John Katko

Katko, skating with the puck, keeps in rink shape. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Katko, skating with the puck, keeps in rink shape. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., talks about playing in the beer leagues and his love of “Dumb & Dumber.”

Q: You’re an avid hockey player, where does your love of hockey come from? Full story

October 7, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Brendan Boyle

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, freshman Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Pa., talks about Philadelphia foods, a magical week and the time he was on Russian TV. Full story

September 29, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Lee Zeldin

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., talks about his vice, putting his twin daughters in time out and the biggest difference between serving in the military and serving in Congress. Full story

August 4, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Bruce Westerman

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., talks about good Southern cooking and all things Arkansas. Full story

July 28, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Linda Sánchez

Sánchez is a fan of the movie Nacho Libre (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sánchez is a fan of the movie “Nacho Libre.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Linda T. Sánchez talks about her family, baseball and her favorite movie.

Q: You grew up in a family of seven. What’s that like? Full story

July 21, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Gary Palmer

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., talks about living in the Capitol, baseball and Led Zeppelin. Full story

July 14, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Ruben Gallego

Gallego would go back to being on active duty in the Marines if not in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gallego would go back to being on active duty in the Marines if not in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, freshman Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., talks about his favorite food, baseball and “The Walking Dead.” Full story

July 7, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Will Hurd

Hurd, left, is a fan of District Taco. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hurd, left, is a fan of District Taco. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, tells us about the CIA and shooting hoops, and reveals his love of breakfast tacos.

Q. You worked at the CIA for nine years. What was the best part?

The best part of working at the CIA really was being in exotic places and dealing with the most important national security issues of the day. And being around a bunch of people who were, you know, “Yes was the answer; what was the question?” [types]. Really high-speed, low-drag folks.

Q. As a Texan, I have to assume that you love a good barbecue. Have you had any luck finding good barbecue in Washington, D.C., or do you have a favorite place to eat here?

Hill Country. Hill Country is pretty fantastic. The guy who started it, you probably know the story already, he spent his summers as a kid in central Texas, about an hour and a half, two hours north of San Antonio. Its pretty good, and they have Blue Bell ice cream, too, which is pretty amazing.

For me, being from San Antonio, Tex-Mex is my favorite. Tex-Mex in San Antonio is very different than getting it anywhere else in the state. It’s kind of like Cajun food in New Orleans. You can get Cajun food other places, but it is so different in New Orleans. When I lived [in D.C.] back in 2000, my favorite place was El Paso Café in Ballston off of Pershing and Glebe [roads.] I’m happy that there is District Taco now, so I can get my breakfast taco fix.

Q. You live just outside of San Antonio. What do you tell people they have to do when they visit?

Well, you have to see the Alamo for sure. You have to eat breakfast tacos — seriously, that’s a must. You got to have a margarita on the River Walk.

A great time to go to San Antonio is during Fiesta. It’s kind of like our version of Mardi Gras. Usually you have to go two-stepping somewhere. … You could even end [the day] with a breakfast taco.

Q. Do you play any sports, and are you involved with any of the congressional teams yet?

I play basketball. I played basketball in high school. My closest friends are these knuckleheads I’ve know since I was 13 years old playing basketball at John Marshall High School in San Antonio. We still play at the same park that we have been playing at for the last 23 to 25 years.

Q. Favorite pastime?

A. I’m a bachelor, so [in] my free time … I’m with my brother or sister, or my parents or my best friends. I love going to the movies.

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