America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”
This week’s Featured Member is Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents the 4th Congressional District of Washington. Rep. Newhouse was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, and he serves on three committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Science, Space, and Technology.
Rep. Newhouse is a third-generation farmer who served as a former state legislator. He and his family continue to operate a 600-acre farm where they grow hops, tree fruit, and grapes.
We asked Rep. Newhouse 10 questions:
1. What was your first job?
When you grow up on a farm, you grow up working. My first paid job was cutting asparagus before school. School started later in the morning then so that farm kids could harvest asparagus.
2. What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is O Brother, Where Art Thou? because it’s hilarious. My family has watched it over and over.
3. What is your favorite vacation destination?
My favorite place to relax is on my hop farm in Sunnyside, where I can wear jeans, get in my pickup, and help my son Devon as he works. That’s how I unwind.
4. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you’re home in your district?
My wife, Carol, is a great cook, so I am most likely to be dining at home (hopefully eating Italian food).
5. Which team has the best chance to beat Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament?
6. When did you realize you were a Republican?
I grew up in a Republican family, so I would say at an early age. When I was in my late teen or early adult years I heard a state senator speaking about the proper role of government and the importance of individual responsibility. I remember that moment and how those words rang true with me then, and they continue to guide me today.
7. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?
The importance of keeping the size and scope of the federal government in check doesn’t always get as much attention as it should.
8. What motivated you to run for public office?
As a farmer, I saw the need for a voice that represented regular people who live in Central Washington. Lawmakers need the perspective of people who understand and have experienced the direct impact of government laws and regulations.
9. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?
When I first started serving in Congress, I was surprised by the mileage! The distance separating committee hearings, meetings, and votes keeps me on my feet. On a more serious note, I was also encouraged by my colleagues in the House: everyone I’ve met has come here to do the right thing for their constituents. You don’t always hear that.
10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?
One piece of advice that is still meaningful to me came from a good friend who said, “Dan, just be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.”