July 9, 2014

Republican Roster

Rep. Gresham Barrett (S.C.)
Catcher
Elected 2002
Home: Westminster
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

After wearing a uniform from the University of South Carolina last year, Barrett this year will sport the jersey of Anderson University. But the number will be the same: 14. Barrett’s days of playing in the game are numbered, as he’s running for governor in 2010.

Rep. Joe Barton (Texas)
Manager
Elected 1984
Home: Ennis
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Barton has a laid-back style, but it seems to work, as he’s already 2-0 as the Republicans’ manager. Barton’s district includes the city of Arlington, Texas, home of the Texas Rangers baseball club. So it’s fitting that he’ll be wearing a Rangers uniform with No. 6 on the back.

Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)
Second Base
Elected 1996
Home: The Woodlands
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Brady, a scrappy former University of South Dakota center fielder, continues to be a key member of the team, a fixture at second base who has batted leadoff in each of the past four games. He’ll be wearing No. 8 on the uniform of Lone Star College at tonight’s game.

Rep. Steve Buyer (Ind.)
Coach
Elected 1992
Home: Monticello
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Despite Democrats’ best efforts to beat him in 2008, Buyer will be on the sidelines for the third straight year as a valued coach for Manager Joe Barton. Once again, he is wearing No. 15 in an Indiana University uniform.

Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
First Base
Elected 2004
Home: Midland
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Although he was on the Republican roster, Conaway didn’t play last year, but the former high school football standout will be ready, just in case. Conaway is an old friend of a man who knows a thing or two about baseball: George W. Bush. He’ll wear No. 11 from Angelo State University.

Sen. John Ensign (Nev.)
Pitcher/Shortstop
Elected 2000
Home: Las Vegas
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

The versatile Ensign, one of the most athletic people on the team, played four positions in last year’s game, including the final inning as a pitcher. The lone Senator on the GOP roster will sport No. 37 in a University of Nevada at Las Vegas uniform.

Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Outfield
Elected 2000
Home: Mesa
Hits L | Throws R | Votes R

Every year, Flake, the starting center fielder on last year’s squad, wears lucky No. 13 in an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform.

Rep. John Fleming (La.)
Second Base
Elected 2008
Home: Minden
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Fleming, a physician, is making his Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game debut after winning a close election last December. He’ll wear a No. 4 jersey from Northwestern State University.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.)
Outfield
Elected 2002
Home: Marietta
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

The oldest player on the GOP squad at age 66, Gingrey reached base during his lone plate appearance last year and scored a run. He’ll be wearing No. 11 in a uniform from Marietta High School — fitting for a man who once served on the Marietta school board.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas)
Outfield
Elected 2004
Home: Tyler
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Gohmert scored a run in the GOP’s one-run victory over the Democrats last year. A former judge, Gohmert will once again be wearing a Houston Astros jersey with No. 1 on the back.

Rep. Sam Graves (Mo.)
Outfield
Elected 2000
Home: Tarkio
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Graves has stolen two bases in each of the two games he’s played, and last year he also scored two runs. Although listed as an outfielder, he could wind up just about anywhere on the diamond when the Republicans are in the field. He’ll wear No. 7 from the Kansas City Royals.

Rep. Gregg Harper (Miss.)
First Base
Elected 2008
Home: Pearl
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

The freshman Congressman is making his debut in the Congressional game. In Congress, he replaced former Rep. Chip Pickering, who was a mainstay on the Republican squad. And like Pickering, he’ll wear the uniform of Mississippi State University, sporting No. 27 on his back.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.)
Pitcher
Elected 2008
Home: Alpine
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Republicans have high hopes for Hunter, who at age 32 is the youngest member of the squad and seems like a capable pitcher. He was serving in the military less than two years ago, so there’s no question he’s in great shape. He’ll be wearing San Diego Padres uniform No. 11.

Rep. Jack Kingston (Ga.)
Second Base
Elected 1992
Home: Savannah
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Kingston has been a valuable reserve the past few games. After wearing the uniform of the Savannah Chain Baseball Academy in 2008, he’ll represent a school in the opposite side of his expansive district this time, Valdosta State University, sporting
No. 18.

Rep. Connie Mack IV (Fla.)
Outfield
Elected 2004
Home: Fort Myers
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Mack is one of a few players in the game with serious baseball bloodlines: His grandfather owned and was a longtime manager of the old Philadelphia Athletics (he sat in the dugout in his street clothes). Fittingly, Mack will be wearing an old A’s uniform, with No. 14 on his back.

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.)
Outfield
Elected 2002
Home: Livonia
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

The gritty McCotter is listed as an outfielder, but he logged some time at shortstop during the 2008 game. He’ll once again be wearing No. 10 in the uniform of the Detroit Tigers — one of the grittier franchises in Major League Baseball.

Rep. Pete Olson (Texas)
Utility
Elected 2008
Home: Sugar Land
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Olson is one of several freshmen making their debuts in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. He’ll be wearing the uniform of the local big league club, the Houston Astros, in No. 7.

Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.)
Outfield
Elected 2000
Home: Bartow
Hits L | Throws L | Votes R

Putnam knocked in a run and scored another last year. After years of being the youngest player on the team (he’s 34 now), Putnam has yielded that position to Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.). He’ll be wearing No. 48 in the uniform of his alma mater, the University of Florida.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Designated Hitter
Elected 1989
Home: Miami
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

The only woman on the squad, Ros-Lehtinen has suited up the past few years but hasn’t gotten into the game. She’ll be ready, though, wearing No. 18 in the uniform of the Florida Marlins.

Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.)
First Base
Elected 2008
Home: Tequesta
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Rooney is part of the family that owns the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, and Republicans are anxious to see whether that lineage translates to the baseball diamond. He’ll be wearing No. 44 from the Jupiter Hammerheads, a Class A affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

Rep. Steve Scalise (La.)
Second Base
Elected 2008
Home: Jefferson
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Making his debut last year just weeks after taking office in a special election, Scalise had a monster game, going
4-5, hitting a triple, knocking in two runs and scoring three more. What will he do for
an encore? He’ll be wearing No. 49 in a Louisiana State University uniform.

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas)
Coach
Elected 1996
Home: Dallas
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Republicans are hoping Sessions continues his successful run as a coach and that the magic on the diamond extends to the ballot box in 2010, as Sessions is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s wearing No. 32 from the Texas Rangers.

Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.)
Pitcher
Elected 1996
Home: Collinsville
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Shimkus was the winning pitcher for the third straight year in 2008, holding the resurgent Democrats to three earned runs and striking out six. He’ll be on the hill again tonight, wearing No. 37 in a Chicago White Sox uniform. He’s also a trusted lieutenant to manager Joe Barton.

Rep. Bill Shuster (Pa.)
Outfield
Elected 2001
Home: Hollidaysburg
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Shuster went 0-3 last year after delivering the Republicans’ only extra base hit in the 2007 game. Once again he’ll be wearing No. 9 in the uniform of the Altoona Curve, a AA minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rep. Adrian Smith (Neb.)
Utility
Elected 2006
Home: Gering
Hits L | Throws L | Votes R

Although he was elected three years ago, Smith is making his debut in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game tonight. He’ll be playing in the uniform of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (Kan.)
Outfield
Elected 1994
Home: Goddard
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Tiahrt was a college football player at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology who has mostly been limited to pinch-hitting duty in the Roll Call game. He’ll be wearing No. 28 in a uniform from Wichita State University.

Rep. Zach Wamp (Tenn.)
Shortstop
Elected 1994
Home: Chattanooga
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Wamp’s storied career, which includes an MVP award and an 11-game hitting streak, will be coming to an end soon, now that he’s running for governor in 2010. Once again he’ll be wearing No. 44 in a University of Tennessee jersey.

Rep. Rob Wittman (Va.)
Outfield
Elected 2007
Home: Montross
Hits R | Throws R | Votes R

Wittman won a special election in late 2007 but chose not to play in the 2008 game. He’ll be wearing No. 8 in a uniform from the College of William & Mary.

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