Curson, who worked on the federal auto bailout on the UAW's behalf, said he knows he's arrived in Washington at an important time. He's keen to play whatever role he can as Congress seeks to navigate the fiscal cliff and a slew of other thorny, year-end issues.
"A lot of different issues that have been lying stagnant are going to come into play," he said, adding that he'll be pushing for compromise.
So far, he says, it's been a frenetic, enjoyable experience.
"I expected to be treated as the naive guy who doesn't know how all this works, you know, I've never held a public office before," he said, noting he got to stand on the floor with one of his political heroes, Dingell. "But that's not how it's been. I'm truly impressed by the forum."
Impressed enough to consider a run for a full term?
"At this point, no," he said, adding, however, "I might catch the bug."
Curson's website: http://curson.house.gov/office/washington-dc