By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Winchester, Va.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Has a boyfriend
Trent Bauserman may have grown up in Virginia, but a part of his heart lives in the Rocky Mountains.
Bauserman’s a skier, and a few years ago he fell in love with the slopes in the West.
But it didn’t take a winter vacation in Colorado for Bauserman, an environment and energy policy adviser for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDems call for better birth control access for female troops GOP puts shutdown squeeze play on Dems Senators seek to boost women in international forces MORE (D-N.H.), to fall in love with the outdoors. Growing up on a farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he has always felt a pull toward nature.
“I feel like growing up in the country really helped ground me and gave me an appreciation for simpler things,” he said.
One of those simpler things is his dog, Pete. Bauserman rescued the mutt as a puppy three and a half years ago from the Washington Animal Rescue League, and he now proudly shows off a photo of Pete curled up on his chest to anyone who asks.
But he doesn’t exactly eschew all of life’s finer things. Bauserman wears a pair of shiny, silver Senate cufflinks, which he bought in celebration of his being hired in the Senate. He also has a pair of House cufflinks that he purchased 11 years ago when he first started on Capitol Hill, and he still wears them occasionally (“I’m a House staffer first… I remember where I came from,” he said). Rounding out the Democrat’s collection is a pair of donkey cufflinks.
And then there are his grooming products.
“One word: Kiehl’s,” he said.
Bauserman credits his parents for his love of the outdoors.
“They sort of instilled within me concern for the environment, concern for leaving the world a little bit better off than you found it,” he said.