One of Legistorm's "Caught Our Eye" items, Rep. Emmer son joins freshman office, did just that:
If Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) needs to check up on his son, he now needs only to descend the stairs of Cannon House Office Building.
Jack Emmer, one of the congressman's seven children, joined freshman Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) as a staff assistant this month.
Jack, who attributes his love of the sport to his hockey-loving family, spent two years playing junior hockey in Canada before graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University last spring.
A 2015 profile on the young Emmer in the FGCU student newspaper reported more about his career plans:
Recently, Emmer returned from Washington D.C. where his family attended the inauguration into Congress for his father, Tom Emmer. Emmer has watched his father involved in politics since he was about 12 years old.
“He was a state representative in Minnesota,” Emmer said. “After about three years, he ran for governor. He lost by 9,000 votes. There was a fiasco with a recount, and he ended up conceding. I think that my dad still had the urge to be a public servant, and it worked out for him.”
Emmer is a political science major intending on going to law school when he finishes at FGCU. He doesn’t believe that a career in politics is something that he can plan for.
“I think politics are very intriguing,” Emmer said. “I have to establish myself in other things first.”
He also said that it’s something he hopes to be on the table for himself in the future. He’s starting here at FGCU, where he’ll be running for Student Government in the upcoming FGCU elections.
“I’ve always looked up to my dad and he has been an inspiration in my life and my future,” Emmer said. “Being in Washington D.C. for inauguration for my father was really special. It was great having my entire family together. It was my first time there, and I really enjoyed the history aspect. Also, seeing my dad sworn in was a very proud moment.”
Bluestem thinks it's probably for the best that if a freshman congressman from Florida had to hire one of Emmer's sons--Emmer recently blossomed into National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) deputy to chair Steve Stivers (OH)--that it was Jack, rather than that rascally scamp Tripp whom Minnesotans came to know if not love during the Delano Republican's 2010 gubernatorial bid.
It's heartwarming that a random young man from Wright County, Minnesota, can play college hockey in Florida and end up working for Congress at the drop of a puck.
Photo: Jack Emmer in his nano-second as a Bethel University player.