Park is a newly appointed member of the Senate Finance Committee.
“Every time I leave my house to go to Starbucks or to get groceries, I will run into someone I know either from law school or the Hill. It’s a real community; you have to have a walking pedestrian community for that to happen,” he said.
Park returned to the Hill as legislative counsel for Murray and spent more than six years with her office, becoming an expert on tax and trade and eventually becoming the Budget Committee’s revenues counsel.
“Sen. Murray has a lot of trust in her staff so she will let you use your best judgment and do the best that you can and sometimes when you get over your skis, she’ll back you up,” Park said.
The opportunity to work on issues that affect residents of the Evergreen State and the ability to do so in an office full of fairly laid-back Washingtonians felt like coming home, even 3,000 miles away from his favorite skiing peak at Snoqualmie Mountain.
Park continues to indulge in his favorite outdoors hobbies while out East, including the Boston Marathon in 2011. The race took a year of training, time that he had before the birth of daughter Avery, who is now a top priority in his life.
Though the running shoes are stored away, the newest addition to Baucus’ committee has connected with the senator over shared past times.
In 2003, Baucus finished an ultra-marathon — 50 miles — in 12 hours. For Park, his new boss’s achievement and persevering character while racing and at work are things he holds in high regard.
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Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.