By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Engaged
Kourtney? Kim? No, it’s Carolyn. She may look like a Kardashian — and she has a similarly tongue-twisting last name (it’s uh-MEER-pash-aye-ee) — but this special assistant to Rep. Randy ForbesRandy ForbesHouse GOP defense policy bill conferees named Ex-special ops group blasts Clinton email decision GOP rep faces recount in close primary race MORE (R-Va.) is no socialite.
“I’d much rather be sitting at home in sweatpants, hanging out,” Amirpashaie says, explaining that she doesn’t go to many of the receptions and social gatherings so common on Capitol Hill.
But that doesn’t stop people from telling her she looks like a certain reality-television star. Just recently, she was helping her fiancé pick out his tuxedo for their August wedding when one of the store’s clerks told her she looked like a Kardashian sister.
Amirpashaie’s father was born in Tehran, Iran, and met her mother, a central-Pennsylvania native, while the two were studying for graduate degrees at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Her family also teases her about the resemblance to the Kardashian clan.
She loves them for it, though, and for their many other differences. Amirpashaie and her mother are conservative, while her dad and older sister, Kathryn, are liberal. Although she prefers a calm, politics-free family meal, Amirpashaie credits the ongoing dialogue and diversity of thought for making her who she is.
“[My parents] pushed my sister and me to be our own people and do what we wanted,” she says.
As it turned out, both girls fell in love with soccer and ended up competing against each other at rival colleges, Carolyn at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Kathryn at University of Mary Washington. When their teams would go head to head, their father would sit in the middle of the stands. Amirpashaie now plays in two adult leagues, and her father still attends every game.
She’ll be suspending play soon, though, for her wedding next month at a Virginia vineyard.
– Kris Kitto