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Ron Swanson, 'Parks and Recreation'

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Ron Swanson
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On Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) is the head of the Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana, despite being a staunch advocate of limited government. Ron uses his position in local government to advocate for the reduction of services and to forward his libertarian philosophy. Although he’s resolutely macho, with a well-defined sense of what qualifies as proper masculinity, he has a soft spot for his co-workers, and will help them out when they find themselves in need.

Ron Swanson’s Career:

Ron has been the head of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Department for six years, during which time he has eliminated many services and programs in his effort to reduce the size and scope of government. He generally defers to his co-workers, especially Leslie Knope, letting them take on what he considers the tedious bureaucratic aspects of the job. Although he’s hinted at an interest in moving into the private sector, Ron seems to be settled in government work.

Personal Life:

Ron has two ex-wives, both named Tammy, which is also his mother’s name. Although one Tammy is only mentioned and never seen, the other Tammy (played by Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman’s real-life wife) is a periodic presence in Ron’s life, both tormenting him and occasionally sleeping with him during his moments of weakness. Ron has also dated Tom Haverford’s ex-wife Wendy, although they broke up when she moved out of Pawnee.

Hobbies and Interests:

In addition to his dedication to libertarianism, Ron is also an avid hunter and fisherman, a dedicated sports fan and an accomplished woodworker. He has a special affinity for breakfast foods and meat of all kinds, disdaining non-manly dishes like salads. Ron’s sensitive side comes out in his alter ego Duke Silver, a somewhat well-known jazz musician who’s released three albums.

Ron Swanson’s Albums as Duke Silver:

Smooth as Silver (2004)
Hi Ho Duke (2007)
Memories … of Now (2009)

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