By Kris Kitto - 03/14/11 11:56 PM EDT
• Residence: Atwater, Calif.
• Time in Office: Two months
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Rep. Denham: I grew up farming, and I hoped that one day I could afford my own farm, and now I’m living that dream.
What is your favorite hobby?
Rep. Denham: I love to snow-ski as well as golf and play basketball with my kids.
What do you consider to be your biggest political achievement?
Rep. Denham: In the California state Senate, I focused on selling a lot of the properties we had and redefining how we justify and hold on to our properties. So I would say: completely redefining how the state handled its assets and buying power, which is also what I’m working on here.
What is something you’re passionate about?
Rep. Denham: Agriculture and education.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
Rep. Denham: Certainly close to home would be Yosemite [National Park], but I also love to go to the beach — Maui — with my kids.
What’s your least favorite household chore?
Rep. Denham: Cleaning the rain gutters.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Rep. Denham: Cigars.