Hometown: Hillsdale, Ill.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single
Despite his pair of show-stopping baby blues, Kyle Simpson does not consider himself particularly beautiful.
He credits his crisp suits to more style-savvy friends, his neatly trimmed blonde hair to regular visits to Diego’s, and his intense workout regimen to the pork chops at Founding Farmers.
“I started running a year after I moved out here just because I was sick of being lazy and gaining weight from eating food at all the great places I enjoy,” Simpson said. “Then I got sick of just running.”
These days, Simpson’s exercise routine more than makes up for the occasional heaping plate of red velvet pancakes: the special assistant to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) spends six days a week training for triathlons, and de drills regularly for an upcoming Olympic-distance race with a speed coach and a group of other triathletes.
Simpson likes to run on his own as well: in Rock Creek Park, on the National Mall and all the way down 16th Street from his Columbia Heights home to touch the fence of the White House.
He caught the political bug during his senior year of college at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He spent that fall interning for credit with former Rep. Phil Hare’s (D-Ill.) office in D.C., and he never left. He decided to finish his senior year on Capitol Hill, and completed his degree online. Simpson jumped over to McCaskill’s team about a year ago.
Simpson doesn’t plan on running for office anytime soon — he prefers to work behind the scenes. He was inspired to go into politics by his former congressman, Lane Evans, who was forced to end his career in 2007 due to Parkinson’s disease.
“I was always amazed by his dedication to our district and to the people that he served,” Simpson said. “Even though he was very ill with Parkinson’s disease he was still able to serve and still fought hard for the things he believed in.”
— Lara Seligman