Meet the Lawmaker: Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), 8th District

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Rep. Fincher:  We are seven generations of farmers, and I’ve always loved farming. I’d never dreamed of being a public servant. It’s an honor to serve, but I always dreamed of being a farmer.

What is your favorite hobby?

Rep. Fincher: I love hunting. I love to play music. We have a long history of music in my family — it goes back 60 years. Actually, I’m playing in a group in Washington, the Second Amendments [with Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)]. I play the bass guitar and I actually sing baritone.

After a long night of late votes, how do you unwind?

Rep. Fincher: Last week was very hard. It was pretty trying. I am one of those people, I can sleep just about anywhere. I am really able to release when we finish work. Things don’t keep me up at night. 

What’s your favorite meal?

Rep. Fincher: I love a good steak.

 What’s your favorite place in the world?

Rep. Fincher: I’d say probably Frog Jump [Tenn.], but I’ve also been to Florida a couple of times on vacation; it’s beautiful down the coast. My kids have been to Disney World once — that’s really nice. I guess I like the ocean, too.

What’s your least favorite household chore?

Rep. Fincher: All of them. They’re all pretty bad. Probably vacuuming. 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rep. Fincher: I guess eating sweets is what I have trouble with more than anything. Love apple pie.

Kris Kitto