Take Five: Rep. Bill Flores
Posted at 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2013
It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to his or her legislative work.
This week, Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, discusses Texas A&M football, life on the ranch and snow skiing.
Q. As a Texas A&M alumnus, how do you feel about Johnny Manziel’s behavior on and off the football field?
A. His behavior on the field is exceptional. He still has a little maturing to go through off the field. Hopefully that’ll come with age. We all go through that same struggle when we’re younger.
Q. What was life like growing up on the ranch?
A. The work was hard, the hours were long, and since I was working for family, there was no pay involved. But I have to say, the work was very fulfilling. For instance, if I built a mile of fence, the feeling of satisfaction I got when I looked back and looked at that mile of fence … that made me feel good.
Q. How long has your family been in Texas? How do you define a Texan?
A. My family came from Spain and settled in the area near Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1725. So I’m a ninth-generation Texan. But I don’t know if you’d call us Texans because it predates Texas; it predates the United States. I’ll have to go back and come up with a better definition.
Q. What are some of your hobbies?
A. Well, my two primary hobbies are snow skiing and flying. I learned how to ski when I was in high school, when I was 18. And I just love that particular sport. My other hobby of flying is something I’m passionate about as well. I’m a private pilot … I have about 2,500 hours of pilot and command time.
Q. Where do you do your snow skiing?
A. The primary place I go is Telluride, Colo. There’s just no more beautiful place in the world to ski — well, I don’t think there’s any more beautiful place in the world to do anything.