By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Eagleville, Mo.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: In a relationship
Zach Kinne is almost bashful talking about his hometown, as if too many people have been awed.
Eagleville, in northwest Missouri, has a population of 321 (not including cattle). Kinne’s high school graduating class had 12 members.
Kinne’s family has a cow-and-calf operation and a feedlot in Eagleville. His first job was working at a local livestock auction.
He made his start on Capitol Hill about a year ago in the office of retired Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.). Now, as the “token aggie” on staff with Bond’s successor, Roy Blunt (R), he’s preparing for the 2012 farm bill.
“I always knew I would be involved in agriculture in some way,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to seeing how that bill moves through the process.”
Kinne hopes eventually to work at the intersection of agriculture and international development.
But for now, he said he’s enjoying life in Washington, where he stays in shape with “whatever people are doing” — pickup basketball, hiking in Virginia or sometimes frisbee.
He’s also come to love the gym, where you can find him most mornings.
“It’s part of the routine now. D.C.’s a pretty fit city — you can tell that exercise helps people de-stress,” he said.
Kinne hasn’t explored one hobby — music — here as much as he’d like.
“I heard there’s this group of ag staffers that plays bluegrass at some bar on H Street every once in a while. But so far I haven’t found someone to play music with here,” he said.
His instrument? The fiddle: a detail that, he laughed, “sometimes you share, sometimes you don't share.”
“It’s fun every once in a while just to joke about it,” he said. “I embrace it.”
– Elise Viebeck