It’s not uncommon to follow in your parents footsteps. One new legislator has his dad showing him the ropes at the capitol.
Dan Ruby has been a North Dakota legislator for 16 years. After a successful November election his son now joins him on the House floor, just a few seats over.
Dan Ruby: “We definitely will work together on some things. But I told him early on, if I look up and see him voting the same as me on every bill, something is wrong.”
Matthew Ruby is one of 35 new legislators walking the capitol grounds; a steep learning curve but he had a bit of a head start.
Matthew Ruby: “Some of the other freshman, they’re like, ‘man this is not what I expected.’ And for me, this is about what I expected. I’ve sat in with a lot of committees and I kind of new the general process of a bill coming in to law.”
But not all matters are serious.
Dan Ruby: “Yeah, when he pulled a practical joke earlier on me…”
Laughs aside, the father son duo are both pretty proud of each other.
Matthew Ruby: “But when it comes down to it, he’s the one who raised me. Morally, we’re going to be very similar. We just have a little bit different aspects on some things.”
Dan Ruby: “Well to see how he handles himself. His enthusiasm for the process. And, people I talk to say he’s asking really good questions in committee.”