Name: Shawri King-Casey
Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Hanover County, Virginia
Where do you currently call home? Henrico, Virginia
Occupation: General Counsel, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia
Favorite part about the job: I wake up grateful every day that I get to serve Virginia citizens alongside other passionate, committed and gifted professionals. The scope and breadth of the work performed at the Office are staggering and I am constantly challenged to keep abreast of a host of legal issues, jurisprudence and areas of practice.
Your first job ever: Courtesy clerk at Ukrops Supermarket in Ashland, Virginia
Favorite Book/Currently Reading: I'm almost embarrassed to say that I have very little time for pleasure reading. I actually have the same few books on my nightstand that I've had for the last couple of years. Right now, my newest additions are Colson Whitehead's "Underground" and Ta-Nehisi Coates' "We Were Eight Years in Power."
Comfort Food: My grandmother's macaroni and cheese. She passed away almost two years ago. The recipe has been in my family for over 50 years and each of the women in my family make it a little differently. The trick is that you're only given the ingredients, not the proportions, so you have to make it several times to figure out how to get it the right consistency and flavor. Mine's pretty good, but it doesn't touch my grandmother's.
What’s playing in your car right now? A mish-mosh playlist of 80s pop, jazz and hip-hop.
Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? I'm actually not addicted to podcasts. The top three I have are the only ones I've listened to -- Serial, The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe and Atlanta Monster.
Next journey? Hopefully somewhere nice to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary.
Favorite Virginia destination? One of the great things about Sorensen has been the ability to travel to places in Virginia that I previously hadn't had the pleasure of visiting. I don't really have a favorite but would emphatically submit that Virginia's unique beauty lies in her diversity, both in her citizenry and geography.
First political memory? The image on TV of Anita Hill testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I remember being so impressed with her poise and demeanor under very trying circumstances.
Best advice you ever received? "It doesn't cost you a thing to be kind to people," second only to, "you can have it all, just not at the same time."
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why? David Chang. I would love to talk with him about how the history of a people is embedded in their food culture.
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? I'm actually a recovering introvert.
Ambition, political or otherwise? In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "...to be useful, honorable, compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived and lived well."
Favorite part about the PLP so far? All of my new friendships and acquaintances.