Rep. Jon Runyan was an offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. He often uses football references when speaking about his Congressional work.
But the ridicule, the long hours and the hard work don’t make the time in Congress any less worthwhile than the time in the NFL. Asked what his favorite moments in both careers are, Shuler named his team’s 1995 win against the Dallas Cowboys, one of the Redskins’ biggest rivals, and getting sworn in by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
But the sentiment that made each memory so sweet was the same.
“You set your mind to do something, and you can do it,” Shuler said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.