Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Congressman Ted Yoho who serves Florida’s 3rd District

Congressman Ted Yoho

Where are you from, when did you move to Gainesville, and why?

I was born in Minnesota and moved to Pompano Beach when I was eight years old. I graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in 1973. I attended Broward Community College and then moved to Gainesville in 1977, and have been here since.

How do you relax?

I read, work, fish, and travel with my wife and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

I like to go to Welaka, which is on the St. John’s River. It is close to Gainesville and phone reception is weak. It is absolutely primitive Florida out on the river, and the fishing is great.

What do you listen to in your car?

Mostly country, Western, Margaretville, jazz and classic rock. Sometimes FOX Brett Baier or CNN Wolf Blitzer.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? How much was you first pay check for?

My first job was at Cardinal Car Wash. I learned that I didn’t want to work in a car wash, so I went to school. I made approximately $1.80 an hour.

What is in your fridge right now?

It’s empty as I am always working and never home.

If you had $5000 to invest, what would you do with it?

I would put the money toward a mutual fund in the Asia/Pacific region.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I will do today what others won’t, so I can do tomorrow what others can’t.”

Who inspired you as a child?

My parents, my high school football coach, Mr. Cagel, my brothers, and my wife Carolyn, since we met in the 4th grade.

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville and in Washington DC when you’re not working?

In Gainesville, I enjoy going to Bonefish Grill. On the weekend, you will usually find me working around the house or relaxing in the hot tub. In DC I often eat at Capital Grille. When not working, we like visiting the many monuments and museums in the D.C. area, such as Mt. Vernon, Gettysburg, and Monticello.

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What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movies are John Wayne in, Sons of Katie Elder, and True Grit.

What drives you crazy?

Intolerant and rude people.

What is your favorite meal?

In the fall, a pot roast with all the trimmings. In the summer, Mahi anyway you choose to prepare it or a cheeseburgers with a cold beer.

What have you always wanted to do but never done?

I have always wanted to get a pilot license and fly, as well as sky dive and partake in space travel.

What gadget can you not live without, and why?

A coffee mug and a spoon to stir up the sugar honey and creamer.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Dream bigger and earlier.

What got you interested in politics?

Watching the same problems being discussed and not resolved, along with our debt growing to unsustainable levels. Politicians not willing to do mandatory spending reform pushed me over the edge.

What has been an eye-opening moment in Washington D.C. and why?

That lack of a long-term vision for America. We haven’t had a national goal of significance since John F. Kennedy’s goal to go to the moon. We are still benefitting from things that came out of that research and development. I believe that a man without vision shall soon perish and the same can be said for a nation.

What was your first car and what do you drive now?

It was a 1972 gold/tan with a white convertible top, Dodge Challenger. Today I drive a Ford Edge, but my dream car would be an F-350 quad cab pickup truck.