By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Political party: Independent
Relationship status: Married
If everything had gone as planned, Warren Wright, a military fellow in Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiConservation program at center of energy bill fight Senators float bipartisan wildfire bill Overnight Energy: Lawmakers closing in on chemical safety deal MORE’s (R-Alaska) office, would be flying helicopters and relaxing in Southern California with his wife and kids right now. But two years ago, opportunity came knocking.
Wright, a helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard, had been stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, for two years, and it was time for his reassignment. Pressured by his peers, the aviator applied for a congressional fellowship but did not expect to advance past the first round of interviews.
“When they called me for the final interview, I was shocked,” he says. “I got the call and I literally hopped on the next plane to D.C. I had to buy a suit at the Men’s Wearhouse before I got on the plane.”
“Originally, I had no intention of working on the Hill,” he says. “When I was in high school, all I very much knew was that I liked playing sports, and when I left, I wanted to go into the military and fly.”
Giving up flying, Wright says, was one of the hardest things about moving to Washington. The aviator officially lost his wings on Jan. 1, a day he says was “very sad.”
Wright says his time in the nation’s capital has opened his eyes to new career paths. He recently applied to the military’s Judge Advocate General program and hopes to practice law in the Coast Guard fleet.
But if law school doesn’t work out, Wright says he’d be more than happy to return to the Coast Guard for a cushy assignment in Southern California.
— Zach Bergson