Heard on the Hill

Marc Veasey, are you my Uber?

Texas Democrat favors a little Brooks & Dunn behind the wheel

Texas Rep. Marc Veasey, left, took a few spins as an Uber driver on Thursday back home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Above, Veasey poses with his last drop-off of the day. (Courtesy Twitter/Rep. Marc Veasey)

If you assume that all members of Congress get from Point A to Point B by way of large black SUVs hauled by well-dressed drivers in flat caps, pump the brakes.

Marc Veasey is here to prove that he can not only drive himself, he can also drive around residents of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Democratic congressman from Texas took a few spins around the Lone Star block as an Uber driver Thursday afternoon, and his trips were anything but lone.

His pickups and drop-offs even came equipped with a car ride must-have: a personalized playlist called “Pick you up.”

The partnership between Veasey and the ride-hailing company is part of his Marc Means Business initiative — an effort to connect the congressman with Texas businesses to help him better understand the challenges faced by workers.

Veasey is not the first lawmaker to drive for Uber. Massachusetts Democrat Lori Trahanput the pedal to the metal during her consultant days while researching how the company could attract more female drivers. Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse took to the wheel back in 2016 where, we hope, he didn’t have to learn about surcharges the hard way.

[Hello, This is Ben, Your Uber Driver]

As for Veasey, we reached out to his team about the status of his Uber rating — 5 stars, of course.

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