By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Belmont, Calif.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Girlfriend
A self-described “product of the San Francisco Bay area,” Dan Lindner doesn’t use politics to discriminate when it comes to his friends.
“Obviously, I’m a pretty liberal guy, [but] I became really good friends with pretty much the most conservative guy in my group [at American University],” he says. “We just sort of found a way to debate back and forth without ever worrying about trying to convince the other person that they’re wrong.”
The press assistant for Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) has remained close with those AU friends, moving together to Washington’s Van Ness neighborhood and regularly going out as a group for brunches and dinners.
Lindner says he spends his free time these days searching with his girlfriend for an apartment that’s closer to Capitol Hill to cut down on his commute.
“Right now we’re renting Zipcars and we’re driving around looking for rent signs that we haven’t seen on Craigslist,” he says.
When he’s not on the hunt for a new pad, Lindner loves biking and running — he completed the Cherry Blossom 10 miler this spring — and spending time at home practicing his self-taught skills on a digital grand piano.
“Other than that, my girlfriend and my cat keep me on my toes,” he says.
Although Lindner’s West Coast roots once earned him the nickname “California Dreamin’,” he says these days he’s become “more East Coast.”
Lindner relishes the pressure and rapid learning curve of his Capitol Hill communications gig.
“That to me is very East Coast, where it’s, like, fast-paced, you know — sink or swim,” he says. “I’ve grown to love it.”
— Geneva Sands