BCC is pleased to let our readership know about the candidacy of Chris Henrichsen for Congressional representative from Wyoming. He is a friend of BCC and a contributor to the wider bloggernacle. We will begin with some questions and answers in Part 1, and continue on in part 2 with a detailed analysis of his political positions.
1. BCC:What is the congressional district for which you are running and what are its boundaries? Is it true that this used to be Cheney’s district?
Chris H.:My congressional district covers the entire state of Wyoming. This district has the smallest population of any district, but it is the 4th largest district in terms of geography. Yes this is Vice President Cheney’s old House seat. We have a lot in common, Dick Cheney and I. He was 37 when he first ran for this seat. I am 35. He is an ABD in political science. So am I. We both also have a rather sarcastic sense of humor.
2. BCC: What factors convinced you to run for congress?
Chris H.: It is something that I had thought about as a kid. However, after years of teaching and blogging I figured that I would spend my remaining days as a gadfly critic. However, the political bug came back to me about a year ago when I realized that nobody else was going to run as a Democrat for the seat.
3. BCC: How is this campaign fitting into the rest of your life as a college professor and family man?
Chris H.: It is making things crazy! I am teaching 6 sections this semester, though 2 of those are online. I am the 11 year old Boy Scout leader in my ward, but there are no 11 year olds active in the ward at the moment. This has actually allowed me to spend a lot of time with my family. While it is sometimes stressful, I have been able to spend much of my campaigning with the whole family. Lyndee has gone back to school for her second bachelors. She got her first degree from BYU and now is getting a bachelors in elementary education from the University of Wyoming. She is going to school full-time and starting her student teaching year. She also has two callings. On top of all that, she is my main advisor.
4. BCC: Tell us something about the development of your political opinions. How did you go from being a Limbaugh-loving dittohead to a Lenin-loving pinko?
Chris H.: Yeah, I proudly wore a Rush Limbaugh shirt as a teen that I had won from WMAL in Washington, DC. I was elected VP of the College Republicans twice while at Ricks College. I had a William F. Buckley poster hanging in my room at home before my mission (and it waited for me there for two years).
It is a long story. A few experiences played a part in my shift. The first was being exposed to the far-right movement before my mission. It startled me, in particular their backlash against Colin Powell in 1995 when it was being floated that he might run for President. The second was my mission. I worked with Vietnamese immigrants in Orange County, CA. It changed a lot of my perspective on wealth and inequality.
I think I have moved a little back to the center these days. I am still a egalitarian theorist, but I think that ideology driven politics is destroying both parties and our political system.
5. BCC: What is the most important thing for voters in this district to know about Chris Henrichsen?
Chris H.: The most important thing for the people the people of Wyoming to know is that the most important things to me are family and faith. When it comes down to it, I am a dad and a husband who thinks that every family should have the opportunity to be happy. And that is why I am running for Congress.
We encourage readers to learn more about Chris and his campaign here: http://chrisforcongress.us/
We also encourage readers to put their money where their conscience ought to be and donate already! http://chrisforcongress.us/donate/