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July 22, 2013
It’s time again for Take Five, HOH’s opportunity to get to know a member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, freshman Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Ind., talks about her zeal for equestrianism, Sugarland and “leaning in.”
Q. What have you enjoyed most about your term in Congress so far?
A. I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with so many smart and patriotic people who care so much about our country. Our members are so knowledgeable and have such diverse life experiences. It gives me a lot of optimism that Congress can actually make a difference. Everyone I’ve met here — staff included — is incredibly sharp, dedicated and kind.
Q. What music helps you unwind?
A. I listen to Jason Mraz a lot. I really like his live album, “Beautiful Mess,” that was recorded in Chicago. I also enjoy Sugarland quite a bit. I’ve been lucky enough to watch both Jason Mraz and Sugarland play live.
Q. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A. I’m a trail rider and have ridden horses for 30 years both in Indiana and out West. I think it’s a character-building activity.
Q. What was the last book you read and would recommend to someone?
A. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. She did a great job talking to so many women about their experiences. A lot of people don’t realize that the book is about more than just her story. It’s about a huge cross section of women from around the country. She gave a voice to a lot of perspectives that I can relate to. Sandberg’s view is that there are not enough women in positions of authority helping to make decisions that impact our lives. She thinks we need more corporate and government female leaders, and I feel the same way.
Q. What is your favorite place to frequent in Washington, D.C.?
A. The monuments are still powerful to me every time I visit them. They’re great reminders of the sacrifices so many people have made to keep our nation strong. Art and Soul and Cuba Libre are two favorite restaurants that I’ve visited so far.
July 15, 2013
It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to his/her legislative work.
This week, Congress’ newest member, freshman Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., talks about life in D.C., farming in Missouri and college football.
Q. Having worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for about a month now, what has been the biggest adjustment for you?
A. How slow everything is working; serving at the state level for eight years in the House of Representatives there, you can usually see light in the tunnel pretty significantly and you can see things moving and getting done quickly, but it seems like everything is moving at a snail’s pace right now.
Q. You spent some time studying in Cambridge while in law school — if you could travel anywhere today, where would you go?
A. I would say Australia. It’s just a country that I’ve never traveled to, and I think it would be a good visit.
Q. You are a fourth-generation farmer — what is your favorite part of your family’s farm?
A. I’m the fourth-generation owner of our family farm. Being a farmer, I think, is pretty significant. … I have a strong interest in agriculture, let’s put it that way. The best thing about the family farm is that it’s been in our family for several generations and just to be out there. … I enjoy listening to the cows more than I do people yelling and griping in Washington, D.C.
Q. Speaking of D.C., what is your favorite part of the city so far in the time you’ve spent here?
A. The history of D.C. Knowing that you’re walking in the same halls that so many other former leaders of our country were walking in, I think that’s pretty significant — definitely the history.
Q. Will your Missouri Tigers bounce back this year in the SEC?
A. Absolutely. I compare the Missouri Tigers to myself, being a graduate of Missouri and being the newest member to Congress, and Mizzou is also the newest member of the SEC. I look at it from the perspective that a lot of people may be underestimating the Tigers, but they’re going to overperform this year.
May 20, 2013
It’s time again for Take Five, HOH’s opportunity to get to know a member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., discusses Senate hazing rituals, pizza and memories of Tom Petty.
Q. How does it feel to be the youngest current senator? [Murphy turns 40 on Aug. 3.]
A. Once you get beyond all the hazing, the wedgies and the wet willies, it’s not a bad position to be in. It certainly perks up the ears of kids in the room [in my district] when I tell them I’m the youngest member of the Senate. Full story
May 13, 2013
It’s Tuesday and time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress with five lighthearted questions relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., dishes on Peach State cuisine, T-ball versus ballet and life in multiple legislatures.
Q. What is your favorite food and why?
A. Fried chicken. It’s really very simple: My mother cooked the best fried chicken anybody ever cooked, and I grew up eating fried chicken every Sunday after church for lunch. Full story
May 6, 2013
It’s time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress with five fun questions relatively unrelated to the business of legislation. This week, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, breaks down his love of history, Cincinnati and dogs over cats.
Q. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A lot of different things at different points. Probably the longest term as a kid, probably an airline pilot. It’d be interesting to fly to different places. Never did it, but that’s what I probably wanted to be. Wanted to be a schoolteacher, and I did do that. Never thought of being a politician when I was very young, but one never knows how things are going to turn out in one’s life.
April 22, 2013
It’s Tuesday, time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress by asking five questions relatively unrelated to their legislative work. This week, we talked with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., about his time as a chaplain in the Navy and Air Force, as well as his ambitions to be an astronaut.
April 15, 2013
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress a little better by asking five fun questions all relatively unrelated to their legislative work. This week Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells us what’s on her playlist and who she’d want to play her in a movie of her life.
April 8, 2013
March 25, 2013
It’s Tuesday. That means it’s time for another Take Five, HOH’s weekly chance to get to know a member of Congress a little better by asking five fun questions relatively unrelated to their legislative work. This week, freshman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., talks about how Washington, D.C., has changed since he was a master’s candidate at Georgetown University and discloses his New York baseball team of choice.
March 18, 2013
It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for another edition of Take Five, HOH’s weekly chat with a member of Congress on some lighthearted subject matter. This time around, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., shares with us her longing for the comforts of home, her sports skills (or admitted lack thereof) and more.
March 11, 2013
It’s Tuesday. That means it’s time for another Take Five, HOH’s weekly chance to get to know a member of Congress a little better by asking five fun questions relatively unrelated to their legislative work. This week, freshman Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., a former journalist, talks about his favorite book and shares with us some advice that he received from his parents while growing up.
March 4, 2013
February 25, 2013
If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress by asking five fun questions.
This week, freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., tells us whom he’d choose to swap lives with for one week and why his mom is an inspiration.
February 18, 2013
It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for Take Five, when HOH catches up with a member of Congress over five fun questions. This week, freshman Rep. Mark Takano,
D-Calif., shares the similarities between being a teacher and being a member of Congress, and he tells us what he misses about his sunny California district.
February 11, 2013
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for Take Five, when HOH has a chance to get to know a member of Congress by asking five fun questions relatively unrelated to their legislative work. This week, freshman Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., tells us what she’s reading, what she’s missing and where she’d go if she could escape Congress for an impromptu vacation.