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Name: RObert SHerman

Hometown: Austin, MN

College: Northwestern University

Degree: B.A. in Environmental Science (Minor in Political Science)

What got you interested in politics?

I like the idea of waking up every morning and trying to make even a small piece of the world better, even though the pace can be glacial and the process frustrating. At the risk of sounding tritely Sorkinesque, I still think that politics can be place where progress is made and peoples’ lives are improved.

What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?

I still read the Gettysburg Address every time I visit the Lincoln Memorial; I find it both incredibly inspiring and simultaneously depressing, knowing that I will never craft sentences as elegant and powerful as Lincoln’s.

What is your quote?

Not sure if it’s my favorite quote, but without a doubt the one of been thinking about the most lately: “Being too cynical and pleasantly surprised is not more sophisticated than being too idealistic and disappointed.”

If you could check one thing off your bucket list what would it be?

Getting to spend a significant amount of time on every continent.

Favorite museum space in DC?

A tie between Julia Child’s kitchen at the Museum of American History and David Hockney’s “Snails Space with Vari-Lites” at the National Portrait Gallery.