Iowa native Mike Johanns is settling in to his new digs in Washington, D.C. The former Nebraska governor who grew up on an Osage, Iowa, dairy farm is now the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Johanns’ wife, Stephanie, says life has radically changed since the move from Nebraska’s capitol to the nation’s capitol. She says their days go from 7 A.M. until 7 P.M. “but in some respects we feel like our life is a little easier ’cause then we don’t have evening commitments.” She says they’ve only had one evening commitment post-inaugural, so while their daily lives are more hectic, she says they’re actually getting to spend their nights together, a pleasant change. One big adjustment is their living quarters. Mrs. Johanns says their accommodations in Washington are very nice, but they’re not the governor’s mansion in Lincoln. It’s a one-bedroom apartment with a washer-drier built-in and a health club in the complex. She says she was thrilled to be right on the platform at the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration of President Bush. She says they were eight to ten rows behind the president and then got to sit in Bush’s viewing box to watch the inaugural parade, which she describes as “really cool.” Stephanie Johanns is an Arizona native.
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