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Age: 28
Hometown: Clinton, N.C.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single

Jason Lindsay is the type of Southern gentleman you only see in movies. Dark-haired with glasses framing his matching dark eyes, he opens doors for others and addresses people with a polite “Sir” or “Ma’am.”


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“My mom always taught me to have manners,” the North Carolina native said, admitting that his learned behavior is a bit of an oddity in Washington. “You say, ‘Good morning’ to someone on the street here, and they look like they think you’re going to rob them.”

Lindsay took a winding path to get to the capital. After serving in Iraq with the Army Reserves, he landed an internship in the summer of 2004 in Rep. Brad Miller’s (D-N.C.) district office. He was later recruited by the Veterans Affairs Department to conduct outreach to new vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He came to Washington a year and a half ago to pursue a master’s degree in government at Johns Hopkins University, and last summer he began working for Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).

In the midst of all the change, Lindsay managed to lose 50 pounds. The weight started coming off after he moved to Washington. He started walking more, and he supplemented that with trips to the gym and a healthy diet. 

Lindsay has maintained the weight loss despite food-filled trips home to the South to see his family. 

“I’m heading down there this weekend — I’m already planning my strategy,” he said, giving a nod to his mother’s sweet tea and pies.

To the legislative correspondent for health policy, life is all about balance. 

“I like to surround myself with positive people,” he said.

—Kate Oczypok

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