New MCC-Longview grad plans to become a U.S. senator

Gordon Adolphson at MCC's commencement exercises May 12
Gordon Adolphson (here at MCC commencement May 12) may be interning for the State Department this summer.

This year he was Gordon Adolphson, student government president at MCC-Longview.

A few years down the road: Gordon Adolphson, U.S. senator?

That’s his plan, and if Phase 1 was the two years he served in MCC-Longview’s Student Government Association (first as a senator), Phase 2 will be this summer. The day after picking up his associate in arts degree at MCC commencement, Gordon will head to Washington.

But before he starts filibustering and such, Gordon, 19, will be a D.C. intern. He’s almost certain he’ll be working in the State Department, but he still has a couple of interviews before learning where he’s placed.

Then this fall he’ll start at George Washington University, a private liberal arts school where he’ll major in political science and international affairs.

GW, as it’s known, also happens to be where MCC-Longview President Dr. Kirk Nooks earned his doctorate. Nooks wrote a letter on Gordon’s behalf that really paid off — that recommendation from an alumnus resulted in an $8,200-a-year scholarship.

“It’s the most valuable letter I’ve ever heard of in my entire life,” Gordon marvels.

He had looked at pricey institutions like GW when he was a high school student at Raymore-Peculiar, but ultimately he decided to take advantage of Missouri’s A+ scholarship program to pay for most of his MCC education.

Ask him to name a favorite instructor and he will — John Shively, a “very knowledgeable” and “always approachable” political science instructor — but “I had a lot of really great instructors” at Longview, Gordon says.

Gordon Adolphson at MCC-Longview's spring convocation
Adolphson at MCC-Longview’s spring convocation

Back to his political career, the plan is to get his bachelor’s degree, decide between grad school and law school (or do both), join a political campaign or work on Capitol Hill (or both). Then at some point get elected as, say, a prosecuting attorney.

And eventually run for, and retire from, the U.S. Senate.

Gordon already has some inside knowledge about that gig. Last fall he interned (for MCC credit) in the Kansas City office of Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

As for his own politics, “I’m very, very middle of the line,” he says, noting that Missouri is often considered a swing state.

And while the aspiring senator may be years away from courting your vote, he has already learned the art of keeping his mouth shut. Trump vs. Clinton? “I don’t usually like talking about the presidential nomination too much,” he says.