Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with freshman Rep. Blake Farenthold. Among other tidbits, the Texas Republican shares how he met his wife.
Q: What team do you think will win the Stanley Cup?
A: As a Texan, I’d love to see the Stars make it — but I’m going with the Detroit Red Wings.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone (aside from your family), who would it be and why?
A: If present time, Jimmy Buffett. My wife and I met waiting in line for tickets to one of his concerts in Austin, Texas. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary.
Q: What’s your favorite drink?
A: Dr. Pepper made with pure cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup.
Q: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
A: Drama: “Top Gun” (overall favorite)
Comedy: “Happy Gilmore”
Q: Who’s your best friend in Congress?
A: My daughter, Morgan; she is an intern in the office of Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas).
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.