By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Evansville, Ind.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Recently engaged
Talk about a Capitol Hill series of events: Megan Hermann got engaged at the start of the month on the National Mall — to a fellow Senate staffer, whom she met playing congressional softball.
On the plus side, Hermann and Moskowitz both understand the often hectic, usually unpredictable schedules that come with being a staffer.
“If he’s stuck here until midnight three days before Christmas because we’re waiting on votes, I understand because I know he doesn’t have any control over that,” says Hermann, who came to Washington right after graduating from St. Louis University to intern for then-Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).
But, she adds, “any time we leave D.C., that’s all everyone wants to talk to us about — what’s going on in D.C.? And that’s the last thing we want to talk about when we’re getting out of town.”
In fact, Hermann says, traveling is among her favorite pastimes, with previous itineraries taking her to Russia and Denali National Park in Alaska, the home state of her boss, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R).
But with all that jet-setting comes a fair share of travel horror stories, including a hitched ride with a DEA agent and a forced detour in a rental car that included an ice storm, a cat in the backseat and a traffic stop — in a construction zone, no less.
“Knock on wood, my bags usually make it,” Hermann says with a laugh. “It’s just me that doesn’t always make it.”