By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
Relationship status: “Taken”
Allison Rose must be used to setting nerds’ hearts aflutter. This Stanford University graduate and legislative director for Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) loves to read science fiction and fantasy like the “Game of Thrones” book series (now a hit HBO show). Taking a controversial stand, she claims the series is superior to J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, including his legendary “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
She’s also a big fan of the zombie apocalypse genre — in books and in TV shows like “The Walking Dead.” But asked to name her guilty pleasure, she picked the sex-filled vampire show “True Blood.”
Rose says she’s not looking for pleasure reading that reminds her of the political battles and wonky policymaking of Capitol Hill.
But Rose, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, bucks the traditional nerd image with her love for the outdoors. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a kid, so her family instead would go on hikes and camping trips.
Rose bikes to work every day and enjoys long rides through Rock Creek Park. That might seem like plenty of exercise for some people, but she stays fit by also hitting the House gym every day.
She says she’s “not much of a fashionista” and doesn’t stress about her appearance.
"I shower, I wash my hair, I try to put on mascara and make sure my clothes match," she explains.
When she’s camping, she says doesn’t care about her appearance at all. As long as she has bug spray and deodorant, she’s fine.
“If you’re going camping with somebody, they probably know what they’re getting themselves into and how we're all going to look and smell when it's over,” she says.
— Brendan Sasso