By The Hill Staff - 07/27/11 04:00 AM EDT
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Single
Steven Smith arrived in Washington just four months ago and he’s already fallen in love with the city.
“It is pretty awesome,” said the staff assistant for Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio). “I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to history and national politics, so I think it’s pretty cool to see it up close and in person."
Smith majored in marketing at the University of Indiana and thought he would go into advertising after college but couldn’t find a job in the field. So he started looking into other options, and that’s when he “got lucky,” landing the position in Schmidt’s office.
“We’re called the Mastodons,” Smith said. “Our softball skills are pretty good, but we have a lot of fun doing social things after games.”
In college Smith was on the cycling team, but more recently he has gotten into running. During his job interview, Schmidt, who has run more than 80 marathons, asked him if he was a runner.
“It’s pretty hard to not love running down the Mall,” Smith said.
On weekends he runs from his apartment to the Lincoln Memorial and back — about 6 miles — and he prefers to run in the heat of the day.
“I regret it when I’m out there, but I guess I always did sports growing up, and we trained at the hottest times of day just to be ready for any situation,” he said.
Smith credited his sister for his healthy habits.
“[She’s] a huge health nut, and so she kind of brainwashed me into being healthy,” he said. “I’ve always been a runner. I think to be healthy, anyone can get to whatever weight they want or health situation they want by just running a lot. It’s not easy, but running is definitely key to being healthy.”