Meet Washington State Strategist Darren Littell.
Darren is no stranger to politics. With a degree from the University of Washington, Darren immersed himself in the political world, working as a Communications Director for multiple congressional campaigns and as the Regional Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee before joining the Majority Strategies team.
Get to know this Seattle Seahawks fan in this week’s #MeetMajority.
538. It covers sports and politics in a way not many do. I enjoy reading the background data and next level stats because it gives me a deeper understanding and makes me think about things in a different way. Having solid data to back up my arguments, whether it’s sports or politics, gives me confidence when I’m talking with friends, family or colleagues.
Toughest lesson learned?
Always make sure to clarify if something is off the record before you start talking with a reporter. I learned this lesson the hard way, and it has stuck with me my entire career. Fortunately, I made the mistake early in my career and on something that didn’t significantly damage the campaign, but since then, I always wait for a reporter to verbally confirm that a conversation is off the record before we dive into anything.
App you can’t live without?
Waze. I’m in my car traveling a lot to different states, cities, and towns so I use it to get me there. Even when I’m close to home in Seattle, traffic is pretty terrible so I use it to help me navigate around accidents and traffic jams.
Last book you read?
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?
Loyal, honest, and affable.
What’s your favorite thing about where you live?
There aren’t many places in the U.S. where mountains, lakes, and the ocean are all within 30 miles of a major city. If you want to spend the day downtown and catch a game, go to the beach, or go up to the mountains, you always have the choice.
When/Where/Who with are you happiest?
I really enjoy going to the mountains with friends to ski in the winter and hike in the summer. I think part of the reason I enjoy it so much is phones don’t really work, so people aren’t distracted by constantly checking Facebook or responding to text messages (which I’m guilty of). It’s nice to enjoy the moment and spend time with friends. It helps me recharge.
If you could travel back to any time period, which would you choose?
I’d go back to the American Revolutionary period and the Elizabethan era. I’ve always been fascinated about the history of these times and how they’ve shaped our world, but I would only want to go for a couple of days because I don’t think I’d survive too long without a refrigerator, medicine, etc.
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