One question I got asked multiple times before my big move to Washington, D.C. was, what is the first thing you are going to do? My answer was to go see Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers in the Smithsonian. That was of course the first thing I did and then the fun began.
Having been in a congressional office for almost three months, I have learned there is no normal day in the office. From moving 2,000 bibles, to barbecuing in the boss’s office, or even sharing a love of hot peppers with the Congressman, nothing in out of the ordinary.
One of the first items hanging in the front office is a newspaper clipping of one of Congressman Weber’s past interns having a pepper challenge. The first time I met Congressman Weber, I told him I loved spicy food and now he shares his peppers with me. A little fact about the Congressman is that he grows his own peppers at his home and in his office. If you ever visit, ask to see his plant or have a pepper.
Fun fact: Texas’ 14th Congressional District houses the majority of NASA’s workforce. So NASA is a big topic for the Congressman. He has many miniature space rockets in his office and a few signed astronaut photos. Thanks to him and his space legislative assistant, I have cultivated a love for space and NASA.
Overall, I have learned so much interning in the office, but the most important thing has been that there is never a normal day in Congressman Randy Weber’s office because each day is a new adventure!
Office of Congressman Randy Weber
Washington, D.C. | fall 2019