By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Single
For Marian White, coming to Capitol Hill was a bit like returning home.
The South Carolina native’s parents met nearly three decades ago while working for members of the state’s congressional delegation — her dad worked for a Republican, and her mom for a Democrat.
White tries to carry on their torch of bipartisanship.
“The Hill is a funny place, because when it comes to friendships, you just put your political views aside and respect each other.”
After graduating from Furman University with a degree in political science and Asian studies, White came straight to Congress to be then-Rep. Gresham Barrett’s (R-S.C.) scheduler and staff assistant. After nearly three years there, she became a staff assistant for the House Judiciary Committee’s Republicans.
But White has “hit the wall” of her political ambition. In the fall, she plans to move to Boston to pursue a master’s degree in marketing and advertising at Emerson College. White says the move is an example of a motto she tries to follow in life.
“Never be afraid to try new things and pick up and move,” she says. “It’s not like you’re obligated to just do one thing. That’s the beauty of America — you can do whatever you want to do.”
When White isn’t cooking some of her renowned South Carolinian cobblers and mac 'n' cheese for dinner parties with friends, she likely has her nose buried in the pages of a good murder mystery.
But even after reading so much of the genre, White doesn’t have much confidence that she’d make a good crack detective able to solve a murder.
“I’d probably be the poor innocent victim,” she says with a laugh.
— Jordy Yager