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“I’m leaving my family every week to come up here,” said Rokita, who has two young children. “I’m not coming here to do small things.”

Keeping that connection with his family is another priority for the congressman. His executive assistant is from Indiana and knows his wife Kathy and the congressman’s “general standing orders about family time.”

Meanwhile, his role on the GOP House Steering Committee has given him a rare look at the interactions between key congressional leaders such as Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and so far, Rokita says, it’s a harmonious presentation.

“There’s all this kerfuffle about do Boehner and Cantor get along,” Rokita said. “I’ve seen nothing but them being on the same page, and I think that’s a good thing for us starting out. That’s a good thing for a freshman to see.”

Rokita also is committed to “pressing the right button” on pro-life issues and pro-second amendment issues, and says that while he came to Washington because the spending habits needed a makeover, he’s as pro-life and pro-Second Amendment as they come.

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Elisabeth Meinecke is TOWNHALL MAGAZINE Managing Editor. Follow her on Twitter @lismeinecke.