Congressman plays hard-to-get and gets what he wants

Greg Nash

Rep. Randy Weber credits playing hard-to-get with helping to snag his spouse of more than three decades.

The Texas Republican celebrated his 37th wedding anniversary with his wife, Brenda, last week but reveals getting her to go out with him was tough.

After meeting in community college in 1974, Weber says in a phone chat with ITK (and with Brenda sitting right by his side), “She winked at me, and I called her over to the table, and I said, ‘Hey, what’s your name?’”

After asking her out on a date, the 60-year-old House freshman says with a hearty laugh, “I’m dyin’ if I’m lyin’, we went out Friday night and she thought I was the goofiest, corniest guy that she’d ever been out with.”

According to Weber, his future bride told her best friend after that first date that she would “turn him down flat” if he inquired about a second outing.

So he switched up his strategy. “The next week came, I didn’t call her. The second week came, I didn’t call her. And she’s all the sudden [saying], ‘Who does he think he is?’ The third week came and she called me!”

So how did the pair mark 37 years of happily wedded bliss? They skipped a night out on the town and instead opted to spend their anniversary meeting with some of Weber’s constituents at a spot in their home state that was once used to fly blimps.

“Brenda’s such a saint. She’s the coolest spouse there is because she let me bring her out to a blimp space,” Weber says.

The lawmaker says part of the recipe to his lasting relationship is both he and his wife “understand God’s grace is involved.”

And he quotes an old saying: “It’s best to go into marriage with both eyes open, and after getting married, it’s better to keep one of them about half closed.”

The dad of three adds, “You have to overlook what you perceive to be problems, and Brenda has a lot more overlooking to do on my part than I do, believe me.”