Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Married
Forget the Loaded Potato Skins. Max Engling was surely the best thing to come out of an Indianapolis TGI Friday’s, where he was waiting tables when a diner with ties to the modeling industry discovered him.
That’s right — Engling, a staff assistant for the House Administration Committee, is a ringer. He modeled for three years before quitting in 2011 to pursue a career in politics. During that time he could be seen in print-ad campaigns for Kohl’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Sears and American Crew, among others, and he also did a commercial for Subway.
In the end, Engling liked the money but felt unfulfilled by the work. He had earned a political science degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and decided it was time to use it.
“You felt like you weren’t creating anything,” he says of modeling. “Your time wasn’t necessarily going to a good cause.”
But Engling had a cache of altruistic works going into the beauty industry. He took time off between high school and college to volunteer in South Africa and Mozambique, working in AIDS orphanages and building schools. He’s also spent three weeks helping out in an orphanage and safe house in Kiev, Ukraine.
Upon arriving in Washington in February 2011, Engling quickly secured a paid internship on the committee and was promoted to staff assistant three months later. He now helps run the congressional internship program for individuals with intellectual disabilities, one of his most gratifying duties.
Engling’s days are long. After leaving Capitol Hill, he heads to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where both he and his wife, Kelcey, wait tables. This leaves little time for workouts, but he tries to get to the gym once or twice a week. Otherwise Engling likes to spend his free time traveling around the region with his wife to check out Mount Vernon, Monticello and other historical sites; fishing; playing basketball; and reading.
– Kris Kitto