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Meet Bryan Alphin – Legislative Manager

By April 12, 2018 No Comments


We are excited to spotlight one of the newest members to the Monument Team. Bryan joins Monument as Legislative Manager after serving nearly five years as the Public Affairs Liaison and Legislative Assistant for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where he served as the committee chairman’s liaison to Virginia’s law enforcement community and focused on immigration and criminal justice reform. Bryan previously worked for Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), where he handled the Congressman’s foreign affairs, education, and defense portfolio. Bryan also served as a staff member of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH).

Bryan graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. He is a proud native of Buchanan, Virginia, where he was raised on a cattle farm on the banks of the James River. Bryan enjoys kayaking, backpacking, off-roading and long cross-country road trips. Bryan lives in Washington, DC, where he is active in his church community and plans his next mountain adventure in the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. and Canadian Rockies.

As a Monument right of passage we sat down with Bryan to get to know him a little better, read his answers below.

What got you interested in politics?

“Politics should be an expression of a desire to contribute to the happiness of the community.” I resonate with this quote by Vaclav Havel because I truly believe politics should be seen as serving for the advancement of the needs of others beyond oneself. From a young age, I have long been interested in public service. My grandfather and father, both veterans, were active in civic groups in my rural Appalachian hometown and my mother was active in the PTA and continues to encourage the greatest potential from public school students in my hometown. Inspired by the indelible example left by my parents, teachers and my hometown, I am passionate about working on issues that can improve the lives of individuals and foster a sense of intentional community.

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

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is my favorite monument in Washington. Though it needs to be fixed up a bit, I enjoy the sense of isolation Roosevelt Island provides away from the regular buzz of tourist traffic found at the National Mall. TR created the modern presidency where he served as a determined agent of change for all Americans. He strongly believed it is in America’s national interest and responsibility to have a strong foreign policy and to conserve and utilize our nation’s resources wisely. TR is a lodestar for effective leadership in America.

What is your favorite quote?

“You only see the world you make.”—Bonnie Raitt

What is your favorite book?

A Road to Character by David Brooks

What is your dream job?

Some combination of a National Park Ranger, a National Geographic photographer and a CBS 60 Minutes journalist.

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

A road trip across America from coast to coast. Wait…I’ve done that [twice] already!