By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: In a relationship
Though Ben Halle has found his way in Washington, D.C., he never forgets where his home is.
The policy aide for Rep. Adam SmithAdam SmithGOP: Congress should study the draft before adding women Key Dem to oppose defense bill House panel kills LGBT effort on defense bill MORE (D-Wash.) keeps a map of Illinois taped to his desk to remind him of where he came from. Halle’s hometown of Champaign is clearly marked, along with a paw print sticker for his dog back home.
After graduating from the University of Iowa, Halle came to the capital looking for a job in education. He found an internship with an education policy group and then started working in Smith’s office.
“I plan my days around what I’m going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Halle says. “Eating is probably the thing I look forward to the most.”
Halle also loves happy hours. He recently learned that one of his favorite restaurants, St. Arnold’s, has half-price mussels during happy hour, which he says “is awesome.”
But Halle has developed a love for running that counterbalances his love of food.
“I didn’t have any friends when I first moved out here, so that’s when I took up running,” Halle says. “I didn’t have anything else to do, and I figured I might as well do something healthy.”
As for his philosophy on health and hygiene, Halle has some unconventional advice.
“In college my friends used to make fun of me for not showering every day,” he says. “So my tip would be to shower only when you really feel like it.”
Halle says his style isn’t very high-maintenance either. He likes to go with a “laid-back, nice, presentable” look, and attributes his style and attitude to his Midwest roots.
“Compared to out here, people [in the Midwest] aren’t so concerned about what you do and who you know,” he says. “That’s more my breed.”
— Jennifer Smola