This past week, Sen. Ron Johnson’s former aide decided he’d like to go to Washington, D.C., to have his own office.
Chris Anderson has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District seat.
“I’m pretty unique in this day and age,” Anderson said. “When I served with Johnson in DC, I got upset. I didn’t like what was happening. My generation is stepping away from politics. I decided instead to step toward politics and make a difference.”
Anderson said what upsets him most is the failure of Congress to address the problems that face the country.
“They like to ‘kick the can’ down the road,” he said. “The biggest problem is the budget and working toward a responsible budget. In the future if we keep spending at the rate we’re spending, it will cause problems both here and overseas.”
Anderson has served in the U.S. Army as a team leader and combat engineer, destroying road-side bombs in Afghanistan. As a team leader for the 570th Sapper Company, Anderson educated, advised, and led Sappers on route clearance and explosive ordinance clearance techniques, along with all other combat functions of combat engineers. He deployed to Afghanistan in the 2011 surge, where his platoon operated as a Route Clearance Package on the frontlines of the war in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Anderson said his commitment to public service through his tour of duty in the armed forces and his time in Washington advising a U.S. Senator has prepared him to serve Western Wisconsin in the House of Representatives.
“There are basically two things working in my favor,” Anderson said. “The first is my age – 28. Most of Congress is much older than I am. I have no wife, no kids. I can 100 percent devote myself to politics. I already have experience in Washington, though I still have a lot to learn. But I’m way over most freshman Congressmen.”
Anderson said his role models are Sean Duffy and Paul Ryan, both Republicans from Wisconsin.
“They’ve both taken the time to sit down with me,” he said. “And Aaron Schock (R-IL) is a good example of my generation trying to make a difference.”
Anderson attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he earned a degree in Economics with a minor in Political Science. Though he grew up in Barron, he said he fell in love with the La Crosse area. He currently lives in the township of Shelby just outside of La Crosse.
When not working as an aide, or now on his own campaign, Anderson said he loves to backpack.
“That’s one of my big hobbies,” he said. “I love getting out of the city. You’ll find me in the mountains, not on beaches or sand. And I love golfing and auto mechanics. My car is a 2006 Dodge Charger. I love to work on it. And I have a 1970 Mustang torn into the smallest imaginable pieces.”