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Rep. Schock is D.C. influential after three months
By Michael Gleeson
Posted: 04/17/09 11:47 AM [ET]
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) has been a member of Congress for only a little more than three months and has already made a list of the 250 most influential Washingtonians under 40.
Schock, who at 27 is the youngest member of Congress, joined basketball player Caron Butler of the Washington Wizards and several other lawmakers on the Washington Life magazine’s list.
“It is great to meet all of these people who have made a difference of the community here in D.C.,” said Butler, one of several on the list honored for their charitable work. “I have met a lot of very interesting people, and I am honored to have made the list."
Besides Schock, notable political names on the list include Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), Glenn Nye (D-Va.) and Adam Putnam (R-Fla.). Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) and Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty also made the list.
In the past, Washington Life’s “Young and The Guest List” was a reflection of one’s social status in the city. This year, however, the magazine emphasized charitable contributions.
Change, as reflected in politics, was on the lips of many at a Thursday night gathering of those who made the list.
“The promise of change, the idea President Obama spoke about on his campaign is here in this room tonight. Change is not just rhetoric anymore; the spirit is alive and visible in the achievements of the people at this party tonight,” said Lamell McMorris, founder and CEO of Perennial Strategy Group and a member of the list.
Sticking with the theme of change, Washington Life, which last year held its party in a mansion in Georgetown, this year utilized a space in an unoccupied office building in the Noma district (north of Massachusetts Avenue), which lies just north of Union Station and Capitol Hill.
A space comprised of nothing more than concrete floors and exposed duct working was transformed into one of the poshest party spaces, leaving many of the revelers in awe. Glamorous sitting couches, gorgeous bars and 360-degree views of the city from the 10th floor led many of the trendier, jet-setting attendees at the event to note how Washington Life had brought the spirit of a hip New York City party to D.C.
“I am grateful to be included on this list along with my good friends Adam Putnam and Glenn Nye,” Schock said in an interview Friday. He was unable to attend the party because he is back home in his district for the recess.
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