Name: Scott Weldon

Hometown: Bethesda, Md.

Job title: Communications director for Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va.

Age: 32

Alma mater: Old Dominion University


Washington Examiner: Can you tell me how you got involved with politics and came to D.C.?

Weldon: I went to Old Dominion on a swimming scholarship and I was not involved in the traditional College Republicans or College Democrats or anything like that, but I was obviously very politically passionate. I stayed up to date with news.

I started interning with a public relations firm and started working on local races down in the Virginia Beach area. I managed and ran a couple city council and school board races and they were successful. I worked state house of delegates races after that, then I worked in the state legislature as a legislative aide for a couple years. Then transitioned back into running campaigns, so I was manager last year for Frank Wagner, he probably won one of the most contentious state Senate campaigns in Virginia history, and then I was Scott’s campaign manager for the primary and the general. I’ve managed probably over 10 races politically and worked and volunteered on numerous others, but really it was kind of just the path led to this.

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Washington Examiner: What have the first couple weeks been like here so far, getting settled into a freshman congressman’s office?

Weldon: Exciting. It’s learning the new process, honestly finding where the bathrooms are, not getting lost in Rayburn every day, which I’ve continued to do trying to go to the gym. But it’s very exciting because there’s a lot happening right now. It’s a pivotal time for the United States and for the world and to be here in this moment is an honor.

Washington Examiner: What’s the most surprising thing so far?

Weldon: I wouldn’t say anything has surprised me. I think people have been very friendly and very helpful. I’m not saying I was surprised by that, but a lot of staff and everybody works for you to be successful, I was very happy to see that.

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Weldon: We were the only freshman to get appointed to the Appropriations Committee. Our district has eight military installations, so the No. 1 priority we have is to take care of our veterans and active-duty military. We’re going to, in terms of Scott’s approach, I know he really wants to try and tackle the sequestration issue, but he’s also a forward-thinking guy. One of the first things we’re going to try and do is look into cyber warfare and coming up with a plan on how to deal with that.

Washington Examiner: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Weldon: I don’t know what that is. I have a 4-year-old son and I love spending time with my son, playing baseball or watching some terrible cartoon.

Washington Examiner: Anything you’re really looking forward to exploring in D.C.?

Weldon: I’m a big foodie, so getting to a few restaurants.

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