By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Single
The second time’s the charm for Tim Torres and Washington, D.C. After a brief stint right out of college interning for former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) in 2004, Torres left the city for several years to explore the world.
“I probably moved five or six different times,” he said. “I was doing consulting, contracting work. I knew I didn’t want a 9-to-5 [job].”
Jobs in Hawaii and Virginia Beach, Va., and a backpacking trip through China followed before the globe-trotter realized it was time to put down roots and return to Washington.
“For two and a half years, I didn’t have the traditional job,” he said. “And then I missed the structure, the health insurance; so I got back into it.”
Now a deputy information technology director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the travel lover keeps life exciting with weekend trips and community activities.
The son of missionaries, Torres plays guitar regularly in his church and organizes neighborhood dinners with his six housemates in D.C.’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.
As for maintaining his muscular build, he exercises three days a week – mainly with weights – and frequently bikes to work.
“I am very adamant about personal health,” he said. “It’s important to work out and just stay healthy.”
When asked if he had any plans to leave Washington again for opportunities and places unknown, Torres described himself as a changed man.
“I’m more OK with it this time around,” he said. “I’m older, so I’m not as restless. I kind of want to buy a house. It’s weird.”
– Debbie Siegelbaum