Heard on the Hill

Take Five: Brian Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania Republican recalls arresting politicians before becoming one

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick says his work as an FBI agent has given him a “pretty neat” perspective in his new job. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, 43, a Pennsylvania Republican, talks about deciding to run to replace his brother in Congress, transitioning from life as an FBI agent, and his unique perspective at his new job.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: Virginia Is Most Patriotic State
Try some West Virginia cuisine today

Both states surrounding D.C. are among the top 20 most patriotic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call  file photo)

Virginia has been ranked the most patriotic state in America, according to a study conducted by Wallet Hub. Maryland ranks No. 17. D.C. was not included in the analysis.

The study looked at 13 indicators of patriotism in each state, including the average number of military enlistees, the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election, and AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.

Former Rep. Maurice Hinchey Announces He Has FTD Amid Health Care Debate
New York Democrat survived bout with colon cancer

Former Rep. Maurice Hinchey a few months ago. (Photo courtesy of the Hinchey Family)

Former Rep. Maurice Hinchey’s family announced that the congressman has Frontotemporal dementia, a disease that causes nerve cell damage and leads to loss of function in brain regions.

The New York Democrat was diagnosed with the disease known as FTD after a successful battle with colon cancer.

Kennedys Announce They’re Expecting a Son
The couple had their first child in 2015

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., has been married since December 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III announced on Twitter that he and his wife Lauren are expecting another child, their first son, in December.

The couple’s first child, Eleanor, was born in December 2015.

Ex-Staffer and Lobbyist Took Pre-Election Leap to Antiques
Daphna Peled recently opened Pillar & Post in Georgetown

Daphna Peled recently opened Pillar & Post in Georgetown. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A few miles from the Capitol, in what feels like a getaway from political turmoil, lies a piece of vintage British culture in Washington.

Former Capitol Hill staffer turned lobbyist Daphna Peled left her political career to start Pillar & Post, an antique shop in Georgetown that sells British furniture and decor such as tea sets, pillows and artwork.

Word on the Hill: Celebrity Chef in Hart
Bus tour and a hand chain for health care

Food Network chef Robert Irvine is bringing dessert to the Hill. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images file photo)

Desserts prepared by a celebrity chef are making their way to Capitol Hill this afternoon.

Chef Robert Irvine, best known for the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Worst Cooks in America” will join Hire Heroes USA and Walmart for an event to support veterans. He’s planning to man three dessert stations and serve as emcee.

Scalia’s Unique Relationship with ‘Doppelganger’ Who Plays Him
Edward Gero recalls meeting with the late Supreme Court justice

Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in “The Originalist,” which runs from July 7 to 30 at Arena Stage. (Courtesy C. Stanley Photography)

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy, in part, lies with one man who had a very unique friendship with him: Edward Gero who plays Scalia in “The Originalist,” which returns July 7 to Arena Stage.

“I feel myself, in a way, representing the legacy of Scalia and all those great characteristics that he had as an intellectual, as a lover of language, as a grammarian, as a philosopher,” Gero said.

Word on the Hill: Last Week Before Recess
Your social calendar for the week

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was spotted making his way to the Capitol office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s the last week before the July Fourth recess, when Congress takes a break to celebrate the national holiday.

On Thursday, we’ll tell you what some members do for the Fourth.

Rep. Moulton Proposes on Speaker’s Balcony
Liz Boardman said yes

Liz Boardman, left, and Rep. Seth Moulton are getting married. (Photo courtesy of Moulton's twitter)

Rep. Seth Moulton asked Liz Boardman to marry him on Friday.

The Massachusetts Democrat brought Boardman up to the iconic Speaker’s balcony to pop the question. The couple has been together for over two years.

Mullin Plays Fitness Instructor for No-Politics, Bipartisan Workout
Men's Health Month hourlong workout kicked off Friday on Capitol Hill

Members prepare before the Friday morning workout, lead by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, pointing at right. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

Because bipartisan athletic competitions are the theme of this summer, the annual Men’s Health Month congressional workout attracted a very diverse crowd of fit members.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin played fitness instructor and led the workout on Friday morning, which was attended by more than 60 people at the park behind the Longworth House Office building.

Word on the Hill: House Men’s Workout
Vegan cooking and snacking

Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, seen here with his daughter Larra at the Capitol on Wednesday, is a host of the annual men's workout. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As if you haven’t had enough bipartisan congressional athletic events, the annual Men’s Health Caucus workout is this morning, hosted by Reps. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., and Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J.

It’s at 7 a.m. in the park across from the Longworth House Office Building. Samantha Clayton, director of Global Fitness at Herbalife Nutrition, and Clifton Crosby, former NFL player, will also be there.

Word on the Hill: Happy Birthday, Dianne Feinstein!
‘Game of Thrones’ and Japanese agriculture

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein arrives at the Capitol for the Senate Democrats’ policy lunch in May. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s Dianne Feinstein’s birthday. The oldest currently serving senator turns 84 today. The California Democrat has been in the Senate since 1992.

Feinstein also happens to share a birthday with other powerful Democrats in Congress: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts turns 68 today.

Natives on the Hill Aims to Be an Antidote to Homesickness
Three staffers launch new group for fellow Native Americans

Natives on the Hill co-founders, from left, Renée Gasper, Catelin Aiwohi and Kim Moxley. (Courtesy Sen. Tom Udall’s office)

A new staff association hopes to help Native Americans feel at home in D.C.

“A lot of us are away from home, and so there’s a community element to it. It’s harder to feel Indian sometimes in D.C. because you’re disconnected from ceremonies, cultural events,” said Kim Moxley, co-founder of Natives on the Hill. “It’s like a ‘battling homesickness’ mechanism.”

Ros-Lehtinen on Retirement: ‘I’ve Got No Complaints’
Florida Republican comments on Congress after softball game

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., says she goes to sleep happy and wakes up happy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s next to last Congressional Women’s Softball Game was bittersweet for the Florida Republican.

“Well, one more year to go and I’m going to miss it a lot,” she said after the members lost 2-1 to the media team.

Bipartisanship Continues to Show Strength in Congressional Softball Game
Members’ team lost but the focus was on camaraderie and charity

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., greets members of the press team at the Congressional Women's Softball Game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The positive energy and sense of community spilled over to the Congressional Women’s Softball Game from the previous week’s Congressional Baseball Game. With a record number of tickets sold and money raised for young women with breast cancer, the members losing 2-1 to the media team didn’t seem so bad.

“We tried hard and we’ll try hard next year, but it was a great night and I felt like not only did we come together as a Congress, both Dems and Republicans, but as a community,” New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said. “I think it showed our strength.”