On March 6, while on a flight home to Pittsburgh from a business trip in Washington, I had the opportunity to sit next to U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus. Though not a resident of Congressman Rothfus’ district, I immediately recognized him and we struck up a conversation.
An hour and a half later, when the plane touched down in Pittsburgh, that conversation was still ongoing. No topic was too controversial to discuss — the Affordable Care Act, Ukraine, the budget deficit, the disapproval ratings for the federal government, our individual families, our hopes and aspirations, and the incredible amount of respect and awe Mr. Rothfus has for his position and responsibilities.
During the conversation, there were two key moments that drove home his commitment to our country. First, he described his philosophy of how he is an employee of the people and his constituents. He gave me examples, from volunteering as a TSA agent at Pittsburgh International Airport to his routine Coffee with Keith events.
The second moment was when he described how incredible it was to be a congressman. He was extremely humble in discussing his reverence for the office. The people in Pennsylvania’s 12th District should be aware of the commitment and representation they have in Washington.
Mr. Rothus was more than gracious in talking with me and answered all my questions without hesitation. If all members of Congress — on both sides of the aisle — had his temperament, enthusiasm and love of this great country, we’d all be better off.
You may not agree with every vote cast by the congressman, but my guess is that if you ever have the opportunity to meet him, you will realize he is a hard-working, intelligent and dedicated family man as well as a man of the people.
As a side note, we were sitting in coach.