As any youngest child knows, hand-me-downs aren’t exactly desirable.
But don’t tell that to Chief Deputy Majority Whip Peter Roskam, who just received the old desk of a fellow Illinois Republican, former Speaker Dennis Hastert.
“He’s really excited to carry on the Illinois heritage,” a spokesman for Roskam tells HOH.
“It’s a great recognition of the heritage that Illinois has here in Congress,” Roskam said in a video release. “It’s a tremendous honor to serve in the footsteps of really great people that had a huge impact on our public life.”
Three signatures, some in pen, others etched into the top left-hand drawer of the desk, tell the story of its long Congressional history. It was first used by Majority Whip Leslie Arends (R-Ill.) in the 1940s and was then passed down to Minority Leader Robert Michel (R-Ill.) in the 1980s.
Hastert, who also served as Chief Deputy Whip before becoming Speaker, left a letter for the Congressman in the top desk drawer. HOH hears he plans to frame the letter and keep it on the desk.
“Speaker Hastert, it was a tremendous gesture, and I’m really, deeply appreciative,” Roskam said.
No word yet on whether Hastert also left a few pieces of chewed gum stuck underneath.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.