Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: “Happily taken”
Jake Terrell has a secret lunchtime hobby.
A few times a week, he quietly slips out of Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) office, changes out of his suit and takes off running to the National Mall, where he doles out high-fives to the eighth-grade schoolchildren he encounters along his two- to three-mile run.
“I am always full of energy,” he says, knees jiggling under the table. “And whenever I exercise, I get more energy.”
“I’ve been playing a lot of reggae recently, and a lot of Bob Marley,” he says. “I get really fidgety unless I have something to do.”
So fidgety, in fact, that he occasionally has to take a break from his job as a legislative correspondent to walk laps around the Russell Senate Office Building.
“I meet a lot of people that way,” he jokes.
Hailing from Alexandria, Va., Terrell feels at home working for a Virginia senator. Terrell’s family has been in Alexandria for three generations; his father was a member of the first graduating class from T.C. Williams High School, a story featured in the film “Remember the Titans.”
“He said it was nothing like the Disney movie,” Terrell says. “No riots, no knocking over school buses, none of that.”
Terrell’s family history in Virginia runs even deeper. His great-great-great-grandfather was a Union solider during the Civil War, and the family recently donated his musket to the Manassas Museum.
Since Webb will be retiring this November, Terrell is looking for a new job, preferably one that will keep him in D.C. and in touch with his Virginia roots.
— Megan McCourt