Jennifer Lee

Age: 35
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
Party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single

Jennifer Lee is practically a full health department all in one.

By day the 35-year-old D.C.-area native works in the Veterans Health Administration, helping with outreach and community engagement efforts.

But on the weekends she's also an ER doctor and puts in a shift or two every week at the George Washington University Hospital.

At the ER, she'll often work at odd hours — with shifts that sometimes start at 10 p.m. and run all night — after a full week of work for the federal government.

Her favorite part is the "diversity of people I get to meet while working a shift," she said. That can be anyone from members of Congress to tourists to the homeless.

If she's not there, she might be serving on the board of the Arlington Free Clinic, a facility where she puts in time once a month or so.

"I don't sleep much," she told The Hill with a laugh.

It's all part of her desire to help develop policy to expand medical care and then see it in action, an urge developed when she worked on Capitol Hill with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

But on the rare occasions she does get a chance to relax, it's off to far-flung locations, from the Galapagos Islands to Tanzania to a recent trip swimming with whale sharks in Mexico.

On the list for future trips is Antarctica — "I don't think it'll be the same in 20 years," she says — and a mission trip to share her evangelical Christian faith, which she considers a central part of her life.

— Julian Hattem

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