Tri-State Family Going to Trump Inauguration

He'll be the first to tell you it was a shot in the dark.

“My name is Jonathan Newton, I am currently a junior at North High School,” reads the 17 year-old, dressed in sweats and a Huskies baseball shirt.

It was this introduction to a few Indiana Congress members that lead Newton and his family to five tickets to the Presidential Inauguration next week.

A political junkie needs his fix. “I really buttered myself up,” he says of his note to Senator Joe Donnelly and Representative Larry Buschon.

With an inauguration next week, can the thrill be any better? If you ask the family, probably not.

“I've always been interested in politics,” says Amie Martin, Jonathan's mother. Maybe that's where he and the rest of the family of five picked up their political interest at such a young age.

Now they'll get to watch history unfold in Washington D.C. as President-Elect Donald Trump is sworn in to office Friday, January 20 at noon.

It's obvious Jonathan made an impression on Donnelly and Buschon.

“They talked about how hard it was going to be to get tickets and then both ended up giving me tickets,” he says of their reply. “It really wasn't that hard I guess,” he adds with a laugh.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

“I was proud of him and impressed he made the effort,” Aime says, “I really didn't expect much to come from it.”

The family heads to Washington next week to spend a couple of days among hundreds of thousands. Mom is looking forward to the quality time, “making a memory together.”

Jonathan is glad he can spend the time with everyone too. “They'll all have a story to tell for the rest of their lives, it won't just be my story to tell.”

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