Michael Teitelbaum

David Trone Waits Out 2016 Loss, Cancer to Win Seat
Maryland Democrat succeeds John Delaney in 6th District

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — After waiting two years for another shot at Congress and enduring a recent cancer scare, a little voting delay outside Maryland’s 6th District he will represent wasn’t a big deal to Democrat David Trone.

“Only through failure do we learn true empathy,” he told his supporters gathered in a Gaithersburg hotel Tuesday night, a reference to such setbacks, including his loss two years ago in a primary in the nearby 8th District to Jamie Raskin. This time around, Trone defeated Republican Amie Hoeber to punch his ticket to Capitol Hill. 

He Could Be the Last Republican Standing in New Jersey
With 4 of 5 GOP-held N.J. seats in play, Chris Smith might be the lone survivor

Ah, New Jersey, the land of malls, diners, Bruce Springsteen … and the endangered Republican. Just how endangered? Well, right now the state’s House delegation has seven Democrats and five Republicans but if the political winds blow just right, the latter number could dwindle to one.

The Garden State is playing host to four competitive races this year — all for GOP-held seats — according to Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. Democrats are favored to pick up two open seats — Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo’s 2nd District in South Jersey and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s northern suburban 11th District. 

The Dizzying Life of Midcycle Newbies
For arrivals in the middle of a Congress, it can be tough to hit the ground running

In April, just a few days after being sworn in following his stunning special election win in Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb strode into the Capitol, hand clutching a coffee cup, as he made his way to the House floor for a vote. But before he could make it inside, a guard abruptly stopped him. Beverages in the chamber, she explained, are strictly forbidden. “You can go through the cloakroom,” she helpfully suggested. Lamb gave a blank stare. “It’s around the corner,” she said, pointing down the hall.

The first few days and weeks for new lawmakers can prove a disorienting adjustment, especially for winners of special elections.

From Wite-Out to Regular Order: A Lot Has Changed at the CRS
Walter Oleszek is the agency’s longest-serving employee

When Walter Oleszek was hired at the Legislative Reference Service in 1968, Lyndon Johnson was president. The Legislative Reference Service is now the Congressional Research Service, and Oleszek is still there 50 years later. He has seen a lot of change when it comes to his favorite subject: Congress.

Currently the longest-serving employee at the agency, Oleszek may be best known to legions of political science students for two books he’s written over the past 35 years: “Congress and Its Members” and “Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process.”

Virgin Islands Del. Plaskett is Calm in the Storm
Hurricane Irma batters Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on its way toward mainland U.S.

Despite Hurricane Irma causing power outages, destruction, and potential loss of life back home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Del. Stacey Plaskett was remarkably calm.

She had been up since 4 a.m. in constant contact with her close neighbor to the west, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon.

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