Hometown: Lufkin, Texas
Political party: Conservative
Relationship status: Married
Emmanuel Guillory has a secret talent that he wouldn’t expect his colleagues on Capitol Hill to recognize: singing on stage.
“It’s just like seeing [Speaker] John Boehner get on stage and dance like Justin Timberlake,” said Guillory, recalling a performance of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” he gave his junior year of college. He said his classmates at Texas A&M University were shocked by the voice and stage presence of their generally serious student body leader.
He has named the performer within himself “E-Money” — his alter ego.
“He’s not the DC political person, he’s the Hollywood star,” said Guillory, a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). Guillory has sung for weddings, funerals and sports events.
He hasn’t performed since moving to D.C. in 2009, but he still makes frequent trips to the recording studio (aka, the program GarageBand on his laptop), and sings in the car and for his wife. He also plays the trumpet.
While Guillory dreams of recording his own album, he is led by a desire to advocate for others. In addition to working full-time and being a husband, Guillory leads Bible study sessions and serves as president of a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships for students who want to go to Texas A&M, where he hopes to retire someday as an administrator.
Despite his loaded schedule, Guillory still makes time for his health.
His teeth get extra attention. At 16, Guillory visited the dentist for the first time and discovered that he had nine cavities and needed a root canal. He now tries to stay away from soda and candy.
“Apples now is like candy to me,” Guillory said. “I want to be as pure as I possibly can, for as long as I can.”
And his No. 1 beauty tip?
“Have a style. Own it.”
— Talia Mindich