Four years ago, Katelynne Goldie Sue Cox was singing about not leaving it up to "politicians" to change the world. Now she works for Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., on Capitol Hill.
The 20-year-old graduated from the University of Missouri in December after studying communications and political science, according to Legistorm, and was hired last month as Graves' legislative correspondent and staffer. Prior to Congress, she recorded three albums and toured the nation as a Christian teen pop singer. Her first independent extended play, "Unbelievable," was released in 2008, followed by the 2011 album, "One Girl," with Red Hammer Records and a third recording last summer. Cox's accomplishments also include state and national modeling titles, but she's apparently keeping those talents under wraps on the Hill.
"Well, you told me something," Graves said, when asked about his aide's musical career Tuesday in the Speaker's Lobby. "Kinda cool, really," he added, before heading back to the floor for more House votes.
Graves' office did not respond to emails or a phone call. The congressman was full of praise for Cox's performance. "She's very good," he told HOH. "She's bright, she's aggressive, she's ambitious. We like ambitious."
The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.