Rep. Candice Miller is especially happy with the seniority ranking for the 112th Congress assigned to her by the House Sergeant-at-Arms.
The Michigan Republican was given the rank of 218, which is the number of votes required to reach a simple majority in the House, a fact that was not lost on Miller.
“This is quite a lucky number to receive,” she said on hearing the news. “Makes me think I should play the lottery!”
Not so fast. Turns out there is a bit of confusion over Miller’s seniority ranking. According to the Clerk of the House, she is No. 219, but according to the Sergeant-at-Arms, she is 218. In fact, the Sergeant-at-Arms issued Miller a license plate that reads “H-218.”
No word on why there is a discrepancy; calls to the offices of the Clerk of the House and the House Sergeant-at-Arms were not returned by press time.
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.