The 11-term New York Democrat is moving next door to the House Appropriations Committee hearing room and to the third-floor Rayburn corner office that will be vacated by defeated Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.).
Rep. Ike Skelton (R-Mo.) is the only other top-25 most senior Members to lose re-election. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is taking his old second-floor Rayburn office.
Two unlikely movers will also be joining the third-floor crowd: Reps. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).
Both originally joined Congress in 1995, but Bass was booted out in 2006 and Chabot in 2008. They won re-election this year and come back with their seniority intact.
They’ll have plenty of time to bond because they’ll be right next to each other in Rayburn.
A few party leaders have decided to change offices, too.
As if GOP transition head Rep. Greg Walden doesn’t have enough on his plate, the Oregon Republican is moving from Rayburn’s third floor to the first.
Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will be moving not only his Capitol office, assuming he wins the Majority Leader slot today, but he’s also moving down the hall on Cannon’s third floor.
Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) is moving from Cannon’s first floor to Longworth House Office Building’s fifth. Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) will move from Longworth’s first floor to the second.
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