WASHINGTON— Tom Marino’s office looks strangely like his apartment.
Because it is.
That’s right, the freshman U.S. representative lives in the same quarters from which he conducts business related to Pennsylvania’s 10th District. And the nation. And the world.
“I stay here because I work very late some nights,” said Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who stays in Washington at least four days a week. “I am really here just all the time. I wanted to be close to work and this is the way to do it.”
His work space/living space, in the Cannon Building, about a mile from the Capitol, is all of 10 feet by 30 feet. Inside are a flat-screen computer, flat-screen 32-inch TV, a few chairs, a sofa and the air mattress that he inflates each night.
An outer office — where you might find any of his eight employees gathering — has a microwave.
His walls are adorned with a single photograph, his law degree, a mirror and a huge map of the world.
This is Tom Marino’s world, one he earned by beating two-term incumbent Chris Carney, a Dimock Democrat, in 2010.
But his decision to live in his office, and not allow rent to whittle away at his $174,000 salary, comes with a price.
While he does have a place to hang his hat — or, more precisely for Marino, kick off the cowboy boots he wears with his suit and suspenders — his quarters do not have a shower.
Marino rolls off his air mattress each morning at 5.
“I get up and go to the gym,” the 58-year-old former federal prosecutor said. “I spend a few days a week running and then a few lifting weights.”