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Van Hollen Up Close: No $400 Haircuts for Him

A Q&A with the Montgomery County congressman.

Chris and Katherine continue the Van Hollen family tradition, setting out for a hiking trip with sons Nicholas, 16, and Alex, 12, and daughter, Anna, 17.

Where do you get your hair cut?

The Hair Cuttery in Kensington.

What car do you drive?

A beat-up 1998 Toyota Corolla. The family van is a Honda Odyssey with 170,000 miles on it. It’s seen a lot of soccer trips.

Are your children embarrassed by your cars?

Yes.

Where do you get your suits?

Brooks Brothers usually, although I bought two recently at Jos. A. Bank.

What have you read lately?

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It was a very powerful story about brutality and hope in Afghanistan.

Your favorite books and movies?

My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Favorite movie: Remember the Titans.

What do you do to relax?

These days? I don’t. The closest I come is reading on an airplane.

How much TV do you watch?

Very little, although I sometimes veg out late at night with a movie.

Any one source of political news you find invaluable?

You can’t rely on any single source. I use a service, the Frontrunner, that pulls together news from all media sources.

Your favorite restaurant?

I love Indian food. We go to Delhi Dhaba in Bethesda a lot.

What does your family like to do best?

We love hiking and camping out. It’s a great opportunity to get away from it all.

What sports did you play in school?

I played soccer and football in high school. Until a couple of years ago, I had a pickup football game on weekends with friends from the Maryland legislature.

What are you doing for exercise?

Normally I run—I always take part in the Kensington 8K—although I’ve got a knee issue now, so I’m doing the elliptical trainer.

Your sister says you were a thrill seeker. What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done lately?

Not much other than when you get a 49-year-old on skis going straight downhill on ice. I’m threatening to get a motorcycle. I had one when I was younger.

This article is from the June 2008 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from the issue, click here.

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