Peter Ambler

Peter Ambler

Title: Legislative director, Rep. Harry Teague (D-N.M.)

Age: 27

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Marital status/children: None

Last job: Rules associate, Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchEx-rep. is still costing taxpayers billions in prescription fees Senators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE (D-Vt.)

First job: Short-order cook

Most unusual job: Youth baseball umpire at “the blazing sands of Ponder Park, El Paso, Texas.”

Most embarrassing moment: “Having a stutter while at Wiggs Middle School provided quite a few.”

Management style: “The goal for the staff and myself is that we come into the office every day ready to work cooperatively and in friendly competition with one another and, of course, with other offices. Having an entrepreneurial approach to legislating, which is something I learned from Congressman Welch and his chief of staff, Bob Rogan, is critical. Staff should always be on their toes and ready to capitalize on opportunities to promote Harry’s agenda.”

Number of cups of coffee you drink per day: “One (bottomless) cup.”

Favorite political TV show or movie: “Patton”

Most inspirational figure: George Patton

Dream job (not including present one): In the West Wing of the White House College: Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

Passion outside work: Cooking and/or eating good food. “In my family, you learn there are two kinds of people in life: those who eat to live and those who live to eat. That kind of stuck with me.”

Claim to fame: “I’m a grainy apparition in a photograph of then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE (D-Ill.) as he campaigned for then-[House] candidate Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D) in Davenport, Iowa, in 2006. The picture was published in Time magazine as part of a photo essay that explored Obama’s potential bid for president. That page is actually up on the wall at my old high school, but only because it’s pinned up behind the desk of my mom, who works there.”

Peter Ambler displayed a keen political intuition from an early age. During the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, the elementary school-aged Ambler predicted Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonShould the Rob Porter outcome set the standard? Make the compromise: Ending chain migration is a small price to legalize Dreamers Assessing Trump's impeachment odds through a historic lens MORE as the winner, while his parents supported Paul Tsongas.

“It’s not easy to break with your parents’ leadership,” says the new legislative director for Rep. Harry Teague (D-N.M.). “And I was right.”

Ambler began his Capitol Hill career in 2005 as a staff assistant with his hometown congressman, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas). After stints on campaigns for Braley and President Obama, he has returned to a nearly hometown office. Ambler’s native El Paso, Texas, is just over the border from Teague’s district.

“I do like working for members of Congress from the part of the country where I’m from,” he says. “We have [an understanding of] a lot of the same issues.”

One of Ambler’s main goals in his new position is to highlight his boss’s experience in the energy industry.

“He spent 42 years in the oil and gas industry,” he says, pointing out Teague’s progression from a laborer to a business owner. “You have someone who’s got a really unique perspective on energy and can use that set of experiences, the wisdom he has from a lifetime of work, to provide a unique voice in the energy debate this Congress and our country is having.”

Ambler says among his boss’s top priorities are working toward energy independence and representing the large veteran population in his district.

“My job is to put him in the best possible position so that we can move his priorities,” he says.