by Jennifer Bowen, Katie Dragga, Emily Garvey, Lauren Hennen, Christina Ipavec, Brittany Moffat, Kim Schneider, Colleen Smitek, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan, Erick Trickey & Jim Vickers; edited by Colleen Smitek
Betty Sutton Congresswoman | 46
Why she’s interesting … In her third year representing parts of Greater Cleveland in Congress, Sutton attracted national attention by authoring the bill that created Cash For Clunkers, the popular government program that got 690,114 old, gas- guzzling cars off the roads.
Her car … A 2004 Pontiac Vibe
Her first clunker … When she was 17, she drove a Mercury Montego. “It had a hole in the floor on the passenger side. When you hit a puddle, you could shower your passenger.”
What surprises her about Capitol Hill … “You can get things done! There are a lot of obstacles, but there are ways around them. It’s about persistence and strategy, knowing what to do when.”
The health care debate … “I want a bill that finally reins in the egregious practices of the private insurance industry and provides access to affordable quality care for Americans.” She introduced an amendment that would immediately limit health insurance companies’ ability to reject people for pre-existing conditions.
Theme song … “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty played at her Election Night victory party in 2006. “You have to be tough in this business. I don’t give in to bullies.”
Office décor … A hard hat from Lorain steelworkers and boxing gloves from the U.S. Business and Industry Council, naming her a “fighting freshman” for advocating trade policy that supports manufacturing interests
Relaxing … Sutton and her husband, Doug Corwon, enjoy breakfast on Saturdays at the Akron Family Restaurant or the Enchanted Café in Barberton. They also hike in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and spend time with their yellow lab, Cody.
Flattery … Political newspaper The Hill named Sutton one of the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill in 2007. After, “the teasing was at a high level” on the Hill.