Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) legislative assistant, Robert Fischer, is engaged to Olympic gold medal gymnast Kerri Strug. The wedding is set for April 25 in Strug's hometown of Tucson, Ariz.
Strug, an attorney at the Department of Justice, is best known as having been a member of the Magnificent Seven, the 1996 U.S. women's gymnastics team that won the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Since leaving gymnastics, Strug attended Stanford University, worked at the Treasury Department, and since 2005, has served as an attorney in the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Fischer works on health policy in Smith's office. The pair met through a mutual friend, Katherine Rossi a fellow member of the Junior League of Washington, D.C. with Strug.
The bride told ITK in an interview that she has known the kind of wedding she would want ever since her sister got married, the same country club location, the band, and the Rabbi, which was made easier by the fact that her mom and the wedding planner are taking care of almost everything.
"If we didn't get married in April, we would have to wait until October because the weather is too hot in Tucson from May through September. Robert’s brother is getting married this fall and we thought we should space the weddings out more than 3 weeks apart for his family’s sake!"
The engagement was announced this weekend in The Washington Post.