Mackenzie Weinger

Office Space: Jeff Landry's Louisiana Lair

Then-Rep. Jeff Landry gave a tour of his congressional office in 2011 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

Landry, who is running for attorney general in Louisiana, represented the state from 2011 to 2013, and filled his Cannon House Office space with New Orleans Saints posters, Community Coffee Co.’s brew and bottles of Tabasco sauce.

Drawing Political Inspiration From Battlefields

Rep. John Campbell is always ready to go to war.

The California Republican keeps his uniform and rifle at home, just in case. But the war he’s prepared to fight ended nearly a century and a half ago.

The Civil War’s First Union Death

One of the Civil War’s seminal moments occurred just across the river in Alexandria, Va. 

It was May 24, 1861, and President Abraham Lincoln ordered Union troops to occupy the recently seceded area of Northern Virginia. A rabid secessionist, James W. Jackson, had already hoisted a huge Confederate flag above the Marshall House, where he served as the innkeeper. 

Congress’ Coin Collector Views Currency as History
Rep. Frank Lucas’ Lifelong Hobby Inspires His Legislative Career; Position as Member Gives Him Special Access to His Passion

It all started with a pocket full of pennies, nickels and dimes.

At 9 years old, Rep. Frank Lucas took his first foray into numismatics — the study or collection of currency — digging through the change jingling in his pocket. Soon, he was hooked.

Office Space: Bringing Back a Bit of the Bayou

Not every office on Capitol Hill greets visitors with a chain saw. Or an alligator head.

But Rep. Jeff Landry’s workspace has a special Louisiana flair.

Lawmaker’s Lessons in ‘Running And Ruling’
Rep. Adrian Smith Teaches Discussion-Based Class for George Washington University Students About Campaigning

In Rep. Adrian Smith’s case, those who can, teach.

The Nebraska Republican turned the old saying on its head this spring after taking a second gig as a George Washington University professor.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Sen. Chris Coons. The Delaware Democrat dishes about his caffeine addiction and busy life that unfortunately means no sports or movies.

Q: Which team do you think will win the NBA Finals?

Mica Wants More Space for the National Gallery

As far as vices go, Rep. John Mica’s might seem a little tame.

“I don’t gamble, I don’t chase women, I don’t drink — well, every once in a while — but no vices,” he said. “My vice is probably art. I just enjoy it. Some people go to sports events. I like to go to museums.”

Heard on the Hill: A Most Unpleasant Recess

For Rep. Mo Brooks, last week was anything but a recess.

Devastating tornadoes and storms ravaged the Alabama Republican’s district on Wednesday, and Brooks called HOH to discuss the recent disaster and the ongoing aid efforts.

Heard on the Hill: White House Needs a New Party Planner

After spending four years as the planet’s most organized man, retired Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon is bidding adieu to his role as the White House’s chief usher.

His life as the White House head of household is no more, thanks to his new position in the Department of Homeland Security. For Rochon, a decorated Coast Guard officer, a life planning state dinners and Easter egg rolls will soon be a distant memory — well, unless border control gets a little more fun and a lot less crucial for national security.

Heard on the Hill: Pingree Angry With Google Maps Mistake

It’s not just Rick Santorum. York, Maine, also has a Google problem.

It may be a delightful coastal town, but Google — and its users — just can’t seem to find York. On Google Maps, the town is placed 26 miles north and far inland from its actual location, and Rep. Chellie Pingree has had enough.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Vicious Vintage Campaigns

Although pundits love to say each election season is the nastiest of all time, history buffs and collectors know better. Malicious political campaigns — and their venomous and hilarious slogans — are nothing new in American politics. In honor of this week’s birth-certificate kerfuffle, Collectors Weekly compiled a “best of” list celebrating the most vicious vintage campaign buttons.

A few examples:

Heard on the Hill: Senator’s Soft Spot for Sheep

Ever heard the one about the boy who cried sheep?

When Sen. Thad Cochran called up HOH to chat, he regaled us with stories of his family history — and the Mississippi Republican dropped a fascinating tidbit about his childhood.

No Cause Cited in Documents About Crash That Killed Stevens

Recently released documents detailing the plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens offer new insights into the accident but do not point to a specific cause.

On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board released to the public hundreds of pages from its investigation of the Aug. 9, 2010, crash that killed the Alaska Republican and four other passengers. The accident docket includes factual reports on a wide range of topics such as the weather, aircraft performance and the pilot’s medical history.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?

Who was the biggest celebrity at Saturday’s Taste of the South Gala? Anyone? Anyone?

Ben Stein of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” fame might be best known for his nerdy monotone, but the political-speechwriter-turned-actor knows how to turn on the charm when he’s back in the District.

‘Civil War: A Narrative’ Re-Released

When Southern novelist Shelby Foote set out to write a Civil War history for the conflict’s centennial, the plan had been to release a single, brief volume. Thirty years and 3,000 pages later, Foote finally finished his masterpiece, “The Civil War: A Narrative.” 

For the war’s sesquicentennial, the classic three-volume history is being re-released Tuesday in a special box set featuring “American Homer,” a collection of new essays edited by Jon Meacham.

Heard on the Hill: A Techie Throwdown

Rep. Karen Bass may not be Congress’ most prolific user of Twitter or Facebook, but she’s still making a play for geeky dominance.

This week the California Democrat’s constituents will receive a mailer featuring the latest tech trend — a QR code, or “quick response” code. The code, which looks just like a barcode, allows smartphone users to access a website, contact information or other data. By snapping a photo of the code and logging onto an app, residents of California’s 33rd district will be taken to a short welcome message from Bass.

Civil War Experts Revive Series for Anniversary

Just after the Battle of Gettysburg’s 20th anniversary, a group of magazine editors stumbled on a brilliant idea during a brainstorming session.

They decided to create a series focusing on the military engagements of the country’s bloodiest war by gathering together dispassionate, accurate battle accounts from generals and soldiers. A project on this scale had never been attempted before, and the editors set about tracking down the important surviving figures.

‘Conservative Citadel’ Comes to Capitol Hill

The Michigan college that National Review once touted as a “citadel of American conservatism” is making its mark on Capitol Hill.

Hillsdale College has long had success placing interns in Washington, D.C., and connecting with conservative lawmakers. Now it also has a physical presence in Washington.

Film Shows Growth of Community Gardens

After Etta Klosi moved to Washington, she looked for a way to recapture her childhood memories of summer days in Albania.

So Klosi sought out a plot at Pomegranate Alley Community Garden.