By Kris Kitto - 02/23/09 07:50 PM EST
Rep. Himes: I wanted to be an astronaut. I was born in ’66, so in ’69, Neil Armstrong was the man.
What’s your biggest political achievement?
Rep. Himes: I think a small group of us have been making real progress … on financial-services regulatory reform. It’s boring and esoteric and unsexy, but it’s really essential to make sure we never find ourselves in this place again.
What’s your favorite hobby?
Rep. Himes: I have to say exercising: running, biking, rowing, running back and forth to the Rayburn building.
What’s been your craziest constituent request?
Rep. Himes: I had an individual who shall remain nameless ask me to promote an Afghani prince as the next Afghani president.
What is a household chore you dislike?
Rep. Himes: It’d have to be doing dishes, and since I’ve got a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, I find myself doing them a lot.
If you weren’t yourself, which lawmaker would you prefer to be?
Rep. Himes: Alexander Hamilton.
Who is your favorite lawmaker of the opposite party?
Rep. Himes: I’ll go with the two Lincolns — Abraham and [former Sen. Lincoln] Chafee [R-R.I.].
Has God ever spoken to you?
Rep. Himes: Yeah — the words I would use would be moved, inspired and directed.