Pete Haviland-Eduah

Age: 25
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: In a relationship

The best word to describe Pete Haviland-Eduah may be "worker."

The cheerful deputy press secretary for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is constantly moving. When he's not at his demanding day job on Gillibrand's communication team, he's likely either working out or coaching football.

"I work out as often as I can," Haviland-Eduah says. "I try to work out at least five days a week. I've kind of kept by the old football regimen and will pick and choose and stuff. But I work a really awkward schedule so I'm usually up sometime around 5:30 or 6 in the morning."

Haviland-Eduah, who played defensive tackle when he went to Union College, uses that block of time before work to workout.

"I pick that as sort of 'me' time and definitely make sure I hit the gym in that time to keep me balanced and focused and release any and all tension I have before I might get into work," he said.

It's hard to see how Haviland-Eduah has time for much else, but he manages. He competed in Z-Burger's last Fourth of July hamburger eating contest and is quick to talk about sushi.

"I love sushi, sushi is definitely high on the list of my favorite foods," Haviland-Eduah said. "My girlfriend and I, we love going around to the different restaurants in D.C. She's actually from D.C."

He cooks too.

"I've gotten really into it," he continued. "So I'll cook anything, you know I'll cook anything from scratch. I think probably my favorite food that I make is lamb shank. When I do have the free time, I'm always looking for new recipes, things to try in the kitchen."

Haviland-Eduah can thank his parents' pride in their heritages for his uncommon last name.

"My mom (where Haviland comes from) is originally from upstate New York (Watertown, to be exact) and my father (where the Eduah comes from) is originally from Ghana," he told The Hill in an email.

"My parents met at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and when they eventually married and decided to have children, my mom wanted me to feel a strong connection to my heritage and family in both the U.S. and in Ghana."

In terms of the future, Haviland-Eduah hopes to move back to upstate New York and one day run for office.

"In what capacity I'm not sure, but I would love to run for office and represent the people from where I come from in upstate New York," he said. "I think that would be a great honor for someone like myself, so I'm slowly working towards that."

— Daniel Strauss

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