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Why have just one job as a congressman when you can give 18 others a try?
By Judy Kurtz - 2013-08-16 06:04:00 PM ET

Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) has put on multiple career hats so far during August recess, reporting for work at a whopping 18 different jobs over the course of a week. 

While he didn’t clock in a full eight hours at each job, some of the positions he gave a go include: grocery bagger, morning radio show newsreader, hardware store shelf stocker and resort front desk worker.

The marathon job trials are part of Smith’s “Work-a-Day” tour during recess.

Smith, who has been in office less than three months since winning a June special election for resigning Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s (R) House seat, kept it pretty diplomatic in an emailed statement when asked by ITK which 9 to 5 was his fave, saying, “I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to spend time with people who are not afraid of hard work and who are committed to making their communities a good place to live, work and raise a family.”

Smith isn’t the only congressman getting a taste of a career away from the Capitol this month.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) spent Wednesday caring for some pint-sized constituents. The dad of two participated in a “Walk a Day in Their Shoes” event with the Connecticut State Employees Association getting a feel for life as a family child care provider.

Himes helped look after six preschoolers, saying of the experience, “While giving the kids snacks and getting to meet some of my youngest constituents was fun, I came away with a new appreciation for the work that the men and women in this industry do every single day.”

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