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8 Things to Know About Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

1.   His great-grandfather and Mitt Romney’s great-grandfather crossed paths once upon a time. From The Denver Post:   

“Senate candidate Mark Udall and presidential contender Mitt Romney’s Mormon great-grandfathers crossed paths in Arizona in the 19th century. It was an era of bitter distrust between Mormons and other white settlers. David K. Udall briefly served time in prison for a perjury conviction in a dubious land-fraud case involving Miles P. Romney, who fled to Mexico to establish a safe haven for other polygamists.”

2.      His father Morris “Mo” Udall played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets. From the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation:

“After earning a law degree at the University of Arizona, he obtained an airplane pilot license, played professional basketball for the Denver Nuggets and, after scoring highest on the state bar exam, was admitted to the Arizona Bar and began practicing law with his brother Stewart. “

3.      Golf Digest named him the “top-ranked” golfer among elected officials in Washington. From Golf Digest:

“Top-ranked among elected officials--after considering reports from multiple sources and a shortage of posted rounds by him or his closest contenders--is Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a widely acknowledged 2-handicapper.”

4.       Before coming to Washington he worked as a course director and executive director of the Colorado Outward Bound School. From POLITICO:   

“The five-term congressman and newly minted senator from Colorado is quick to disclaim any special insights about team-building or effective leadership. But Udall’s 20-year-long association with Outward Bound, which offers character-building wilderness adventures for everyone from at-risk youth to top corporate executives, suggests that he’s probably got a few tricks up his parka sleeve.”

5.      His cousin Tom Udall (D-NM) is a U.S. Senator as well. From US News:  

“There have been only 10 known pairs of cousins to serve in the Senate, the last being Delaware's Henry and Thomas du Pont at the start of the last century. The du Ponts, though, like all but two of the pairs, did not serve at the same time, according to the Senate Historical Office.”

6.      He once created a playlist for his colleagues in the Senate to encourage them to have a “little less conversation, and a little more action.” From The Atlantic:  

“But sometimes you need to think creatively to bridge the divide in the Senate - and nothing sends a message better than music. So I've put together a playlist for my colleagues that you can contribute to.  Send your favorite hit about "working" or "getting along," and I'll post the ones that best set the tone (so to speak) while we work as long as it takes to finish the people's business.”

7.      He and Sen. John McCain are close friends. From The New York Times: 

Given their history in Arizona, the Udalls also have a close relationship with the state’s senior senator, John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Morris mentored Mr. McCain in the House, Mark has a notable friendship with him, and Tom traveled with him to Iraq on a Congressional trip.”

8.His family is no stranger to Meet The Press. Both his father, former Rep. Morris Udall (D-AZ) and uncle, former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall (D-AZ) have appeared on the show.