This week in Washington, two of my role models made headlines. Both are adoptive fathers.
- Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. was nominated to be the next US ambassador to Russia. Of course, I see Governor Huntsman often—he is chairman of our board and my desk is right outside his office. I have known since March that this day was going to come, but now that the announcement has been made public (and the internal email to staff confirming this has been circulated within the office), I can speak with confidence on the yet-to-be-confirmed appointment. It will be sad to see him leave us at work, but we need someone like him in Russia right now. I have no doubt in my mind he’s going on to do very important work for our country. And with things as they are between the United States and Russia, I can’t think of a better person to have there than Governor Huntsman. As you can tell, I admire this man quite a lot as a politician, a leader and of course because of my own personal bias, as an adoptive father.
- Senator John McCain announced he has brain cancer. Surprisingly, my path here in DC has not crossed with Senator McCain’s, as much as I wish it otherwise. But I voted for him in 2008 and have admired him from afar for a long time. As a fellow conservative Republican, I don’t always agree with McCain politically, however his voice has been oh so important here in DC where partisan extremes seem to dominate. His is one of only a few moderate voices here in the Swamp, and an influential voice it truly is. Senator McCain is also an adoptive father. If he leaves Washington to fight this battle of his privately, he will be missed tremendously.
In case you’re wondering, these two leaders are not the only politicians who have chosen to build families through adoption. You can learn about others here.