BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Lorraine Voles, VP for external relations at George Washington University

By POLITICO Staff

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “My husband says that I celebrate my birthday all month. He is somewhat correct. Tonight, I will have dinner with my son, husband and a couple of friends -- Vace pizza will be served as usual. Later in the evening, my daughter will arrive from NYC. She and I will celebrate with a spa day over the weekend.”

How did you get your start in your career? “My first political campaign was Mondale/Ferraro. I went to Des Moines, Iowa, during the general election as the Iowa press secretary. I had a real interest in politics, but no campaign experience, and I had never been to the Midwest. The state director was Paul Johnson. He interviewed me over the phone, I was honest about my lack of experience and New Yorker background. I think he wanted desperately to get off the phone. I talk a lot. He hired me on Monday and said I needed to be in Des Moines on Friday. I was. It was a tremendous experience and the first time I ever saw adults drink milk. This experience gave me other opportunities to work in Iowa: Gary Hart’s presidential, May 1 to May 7, 1987 (’nuf said); Mike Dukakis’ presidential; Tom Harkin’s Senate office; and Hillary Clinton’s presidential, 2008. I love Iowa for all those experiences, but mostly because I met my husband there. Dan is from Winnebago County. He also worked for Sen. Harkin. We visit Iowa regularly, but not in February. I should add that in between Sen. Harkin and Secretary Clinton, I served five years in the Clinton administration, four years as Vice President Gore’s communications director.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or you’ve recently finished? And why? “There is an unintentional theme here, I am reading ‘Midnight Assassin’ by Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf. It combines two of my passions, true crime and Iowa. Margaret Hossack was accused of killing her husband in 1900 in Indianola, Iowa (Warren County), as he slept in their bed. The story was big news in Iowa and famously reported by Susan Glaspell for the Des Moines Daily.”

What’s a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “‘She with distinction.’ I don’t think the following is exactly what you are looking for, but this phrase captured my attention. While reading the New York Times ‘Vows’ section a couple of weeks ago, I came across three announcements on the same Sunday stating that the individual couples had gone to the same college. The three announcements read something like: The couple graduated from -- oh let’s pick a random school -- the George Washington University, she with distinction. I will leave it to your gentle readers to make what they will of that obvious trend.”

How’s the Trump presidency going? “Going? Not soon enough!”

What’s a fun fact that people in Washington might not know about you? “I am an avid obituary reader.”