Republican seeking to understand the work his constituents do, spokesman says, adding that Sasse also changes tires on semi-trucks and feeds cattle at 5am

Nebraska senator Ben Sasse has admitted moonlighting as an Uber driver, although a spokesman said he was not doing so to supplement his congressional paycheque.

Responding to media interest in a Nebraskan user of the ride-sharing service who reported getting a ride from the senator in the city of Lincoln, on Saturday, Sasse tweeted: Fact check? #real.

Contacted by the Guardian, a spokesman for the senator said the Uber driving was part of an attempt to understand the work done by Sasses constituents.

Senator Sasse does tons of Nebraska work events, the spokesman said, from changing tires on semi trucks to feeding cattle at 5am. This work tour was built around the changing and dis-intermediated economy, a subject he talks about frequently.

A Tea Party-backed conservative who is in his first term in Washington DC, Sasse made a national name for himself as an opponent of now president-elect Donald Trump. He voted for Trumps running mate, Indiana governor Mike Pence.

Writing for the Omaha-World Herald on Sunday, he said: Americans sent an unmistakable message Tuesday: Washington is broken and needs disruption. I hear that and agree.

His spokesman cited a speech made by the senator to a conservative thinktank, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), in which he discussed the changing economy of which Uber is a prominent and some say disruptive part.

In October, Sasse suggested appointing AEI president Arthur Brooks as an unelected speaker of the House of Representatives.

In his piece for the World-Herald, Sasse outlined his commitment to working in the Capitol at a moment of opportunity to advance a conservative agenda, suggesting he will not be trading his Senate seat for a drivers seat any time soon.

Besides, his spokesman said: The senator doesnt receive a dollar for these work opportunities and doesnt want to.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/13/ben-sasse-uber-driver-nebraska-senator

Nebraska senator Ben Sasse takes voters for a ride as an Uber driver