Van Hollen Up Close: No $400 Haircuts for Him
A Q&A with the Montgomery County congressman.
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?
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.