Amarillo Native Shares His Experience as Capitol Hill Intern

Published 07/20 2014 04:52PM

Updated 07/20 2014 04:59PM

By Jeffrey Tousey

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Chase Newsome of Amarillo was awarded an opportunity that most people never get.  He was chosen as a Capitol Hill intern for Congressman Mac Thornberry this summer which immediately followed his graduation from Texas A&M.

“I could have gone a traditional route of going back home and working for Dad’s law office or something like that,” said Newsome.

He said he grew up in a conservative home, and he found life in Washington D.C. to be an eye-opening experience. 

“I’ve always loved politics, and I’ve always loved the idea of having the ability to impact millions of people’s lives with a single piece of legislation,” said Newsome.

“Obviously Washington D.C. is very liberal, very forward thinking, and so I really just decided to just let myself just take it all in,” said Newsome.

His typical day includes giving tours of the Capitol and talking to constituents on the phone.

“Congressional affairs are real affairs. Often times, politicians are idealized and they’re kind of celebrities. But they are up here dealing with very serious and very real matters,” said Newsome.

Newsome is heading back to Texas this fall to attend law school.  But there could be a return to Washington in the future - maybe, in a different role.

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