Speaker John Boenher learned lessons while sweeping the floor of his father's bar.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) The Washington Democrat knows well how hard her father worked in his five-and-dime store, Meredith’s 10-Cent Store — she and her six siblings also put in long hours at the shop. The Senator still uses the building, now Alexa’s Café, as a headquarters in her hometown of Bothell, Wash.
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) There’s a special relationship between politics and the media — one that Wyden and Klobuchar know quite well. Wyden’s father, Peter, worked as an author and journalist with bylines in magazines ranging from Newsweek to Ladies’ Home Journal. Klobuchar’s father Jim, a sports columnist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 30 years, now writes periodically for the Christian Science Monitor. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) Growing up, many little boys want to be firefighters — and it’s probably harder when your father has such a cool job. Both Larson and Rogers, whose fathers were firefighters, have sponsored legislation in the House to help support fire departments.
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) The California Republican got his start in politics thanks to his dad, who served as President Richard Nixon’s personal physician. He remembers walking precincts for GOP candidates as early as age 6.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) The father of the Arizona Democrat migrated to the U.S. in 1945 as part of the Bracero program to bring in guest workers from Mexico to offset the loss of farmers serving in World War II. Now, profiles describe Grijalva’s father as a Mexican cowboy. Dad’s job clearly influenced his son, who still prefers Western bolos to neckties.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) The Washington Republican grew up in British Columbia but moved to Kettle Falls, Wash., when she and her brother Jeff were ready for high school. Her father, Wayne, bought an orchard and opened a fruit stand. She and Jeff were often responsible for pruning, thinning and picking produce for the stand.