A one-time University of Mississippi football player, Ben Dunham never expected to end up on Capitol Hill, where he is now legislative director for Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
“If you’re not going all out, it’s going to catch up with you,” he said of politics and football. Like on the Hill, he said, you have to fully dedicate yourself to every play, even though there’s no guarantee that it will result in a touchdown or the ball will even be thrown to you.
And while he might not be doing it professionally, Dunham still finds time to play football on four flag football teams. When he’s not working, watching college football or checking his fantasy team, he is drawing up plays. “They take it very seriously,” he said.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.