Love at the Top of the Dome
Posted at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2012
Tim Hysom (left), deputy district director for Rep. Adam Schiff, got engaged to Sean Jones on top of the Capitol Dome. (Courtesy Rep. Adam Schiff)
Nearly nine years ago, two young men were introduced in Washington. On the Sept. 14, 3 p.m. tour, Tim Hysom and Sean Jones got engaged at the top of the Capitol Dome.
“I first walked into the Capitol as a young staffer in 1993,” explains Hysom, the deputy district director for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “And I have loved the Capitol building ever since. When I met Sean the first time, literally the first night I met Sean, I knew that I wanted to share my life with him.
“I couldn’t think of a better place to ask him to do me [that] honor than on the Capitol Dome tour.
“It was a great day,” he tells HOH. “It meant a lot to me to be able to do it there.” Especially because Schiff was also his accomplice — and the couple’s photographer.
“Adam took the camera and was going just a general, normal picture of us at the top of the dome,” Hysom says. “As soon as [Schiff] took that first picture, I was standing behind Sean and got down on one knee and had the ring and everything. Sean turned around and looked at me kind of quizzically, wondering what I was doing.
“It was the typical, awkward moment of him realizing what I was doing, that I was actually proposing marriage,” he says.
Jones said yes.
“We had a beautiful day on top of the Capitol Dome,” Schiff tells HOH. “I was proud to be there as photographer and friend. I only hope the pictures turned out well!”