“Today the Senator is doing an interview at a TV station, and she’s being interviewed by a producer, so I had to sit there and say, ‘OK, a few months ago I was that producer. What questions would I ask?’” she said. “So we’ll see at 3:15 this afternoon if I was right!”
Drawing on past experiences isn’t a novel concept for Ury. She uses similar creative thinking to aide her in a self-professed love for rap and hip-hop music; Ury has been known to push her way to the front of a crowd and even dance onstage with the artist.
“One time I went to a Jay-Z concert, and I knew in past concerts he thanked people in the audience,” she said. “So I brought a red umbrella, and when he was thanking people I starting waving it around, and he said, ‘I see you girl with the red umbrella. Thank you for coming!’”
Now that she’s got her footing on Capitol Hill, Ury plans to work her way to the top just like she works her way to the front of a concert. One personal mentor who has inspired her along the way has been Kathleen Matthews, former news anchor and wife of Chris Matthews.
“I remember her saying, ‘I stayed in D.C., I worked my way up here and I even found Chris Matthews along the way,’” Ury said. “So my thought is that I’m on Capitol Hill, I’ve had some great experiences and now I’m just waiting for that last piece of the puzzle: my Chris Matthews.”
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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.