Intern Spotlight - Jonathan Oatman

Aug 24, 2012

This summer, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) welcomed back Jonathan Oatman onto his summer staff.  The 21 year-old hails from Ahwahnee, California, and today completed his two-month internship in Denham’s Washington, D.C., office. 

Jonathan was the last of the interns to join the 2012 summer internship program in DC. Mr. Oatman first interned in Denham’s Washington office in the summer of 2011, where he proved to be an invaluable asset to the office during his three-month internship.  Since joining the team, Jonathan has skillfully juggled various office responsibilities; but, upon returning this summer, Jonathan had a more specific goal in mind. By putting his researching skills to use, Jonathan was able to follow the latest developments in healthcare legislation, and hopes to one day contribute to developing a comprehensive alternative to current healthcare policy.           

“It’s always an honor to welcome such hardworking young men and women to my staff for the unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the federal legislative process,” said Rep. Denham.  “Jonathan Oatman is an extremely hard worker, and he has done so much to help his neighbors in our community.  It’s truly been a pleasure to welcome Jonathan back this summer, and I am certain he has a bright future ahead of him.”

“I wanted to work for this office because the issues Congressman Denham championed were issues that affected my home,” said Jonathan Oatman.  “Above everything else, this internship has restored my confidence in our government because I have been able to observe so many people who are truly passionate about changing the direction of our country.”

Oatman will begin his senior year at John Hopkins University this fall, where he is majoring in International Studies.  In addition to his internship, Jonathan puts his leadership skills hard to work as the Co-Manager of the Complete Dorm Room at John Hopkins and The Blue Jay Cleaners.  After graduation, Jonathan says that he’s open to the idea of relocating to Washington, D.C., where he would look for a position with an office on Capitol Hill.

Jonathan is the son of Bruce and Rebecca Oatman.

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