Heard on the Hill

Exit Interview: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia Republican has ideas for cutting down on 'nonsense legislation'

Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, center, jokes that he will have to look for a job now. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future. 

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, 66, was first elected in 2004. The Georgia Republican announced in January that he would retire at the end of this term, his sixth in Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Ander Crenshaw
Florida Republican recalls traveling with President Bush the day before 9/11

Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw says the first thing he'll do as an ex-member of Congress is take his grandkids for an orange freeze back home in Jacksonville. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw, 71, was first elected in 2000. The Florida Republican announced in April that he would retire at the end of this term, his eighth in Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Lois Capps
California Democrat says partisanship largely took off with the tea party

Rep. Lois Capps is looking forward to long walks on the California beach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

California Democrat Lois Capps, 78, was first elected in 1998. She announced in April 2015 that she would retire at the end of this term, her ninth full one in Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Scott Rigell
Virginia Republican says leverage recess to pass appropriations bills on time

Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell is looking forward to ditching his suits and spending more time outdoors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Virginia Republican Rep. Scott Rigell, 56, was first elected in 2010. He announced in January that he will retire at the end of this congressional term, his third.

Reid Cites Physique in Passing on Burning Man
Annual clothing-optional gathering in the Nevada desert kicks off Sunday

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he needed to lose a few pounds before he'd be ready for Burning Man. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid does not plan to attend the Burning Man annual gathering, which kicks off Sunday in the Black Rock Desert in his home state of Nevada.

The Democratic senator was actually asked about possibly visiting the event during a wide-ranging interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal which was posted online late Tuesday.

TMI, Chris Murphy
Connecticut senator is a fan of 'Fight Song' and Nick Lachey

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy' has drawn mixed reviews on Twitter for his musical tastes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy opened himself up to criticism by admitting he might not be the best judge of music.

On Tuesday morning, the Connecticut Democrat defended Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," which has been widely used by the Hillary Clinton campaign over the past year, saying that he liked it "a lot."

Exit Interview: Rep. Reid Ribble
Wisconsin Republican says committees should select their own chairmen

Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble's first task out of office will be cutting a Christmas tree. And letting his wife decorate it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Wisconsin Republican Reid Ribble, 60, was first elected in 2010. He announced in January that he will retire at the end of this term, his third in Congress.

Trivia Tuesday: Presidential Golfers
How well do you know Obama's predecessors?

President William Howard Taft is shown putting on the green at a Chevy Chase, Maryland, golf course. (Library of Congress/whitehouse.gov)

For this week's recess trivia, we're looking back on presidents who golf in honor of the end of President Barack Obama's last in-office August vacation.

Which president was considered the first serious golfer? 

Exit Interview: Rep. Randy Neugebauer
Retiring Texas Republican says Congress needs more conservatives

Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer says he's looking forward to wearing Levi's and a fishing vest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer, 66, was first elected in 2003. He announced in September that he will retire at the end of this term, his sixth full one in Congress.

Exit Interviews: Retiring House Members
6 retiring members of Congress share what they learned and offer advice

Departing members look forward to retirement and look back on a few memories. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Come January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office.

HOH asked several retiring members to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

How Do You Say Happy Birthday in Montana?
Montana Sens. Daines and Tester exchange very Montana birthday gifts

This weekend, both Montana senators — Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester — are celebrating their birthdays. 

Daines on Saturday. Tester on Sunday.

Bill Clinton Turns 70
Former president and possible future first spouse celebrates

Bill Clinton celebrates at the end of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former president and possible future first first man Bill Clinton celebrates his 70th birthday on Friday and we hope it's full of balloons. 

He’s about one year older than his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who will turn 69 in October.

Ex-Cantor Chief Takes Over as Interim Fairfax Mayor After Previous Mayor's Arrest
Steven Stombres will serve until a February special election in Fairfax

Steven Stombres is sworn in as Fairfax's interim mayor on Wednesday. (Courtesy Jeff Goldberg/Virginia ABC 7 via Twitter)

The former chief of staff to Eric Cantor was sworn in Wednesday as interim mayor for the city of Fairfax, Virginia, after the former mayor resigned amid a drug scandal.

Steven Stombres was voted unanimously to the post by the city council on Tuesday night to replace R. Scott Silverthorne, who was arrested for allegedly distributing and possessing methamphetamine.

Who is Marcus Garvey? And Should His Name Be Cleared?
On his 129th birthday, his family wants a posthumous presidential pardon

The descendents of political leader Marcus Gravey are seeking a posthumus presidential pardon. (Courtesy Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)

Jamaican political leader Marcus Garvey inspired a Pan-Africa philosophy known as Garveyism that sought to empower people of African descent. 

The controversial figure founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1914 and organized a shipping line with the vision of eventually transporting African Americans to Africa. But he also was convicted on mail fraud charges in 1923.

Bucks for Books: Senators Earn Thousands for Memoirs
Penning a memoir can be lucrative for high-profile senators

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received $476,000 from Harper Collins in 2015 for his book, "A Time for Truth." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators already earn a sizable salary, but writing about their work turns out to be an effective way to earn some extra cash. 

Members of the Senate can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars — in addition to their annual Senate salary of $174,000 — by penning memoirs and other books.