Sen. Lamar Alexander has a new ride. As of Monday morning, the Tennessee Republican could be seen cruising around in a Nissan Leaf. Alexander is leasing the environmentally friendly electric car from a dealership in Alcoa, Tenn.
“Plugging in my new Leaf will give me the patriotic pleasure of not sending money overseas to people who are trying to blow us up,” Alexander says. “If enough Americans bought electric cars and trucks, that would be the single best way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and the best way to avoid $4-a-gallon gas.”
Alexander first test-drove the Leaf on Capitol Hill back in September. Prior to leasing the new car, Alexander had a Toyota Prius that he had converted into a plug-in electric car.
Alexander has long been a proponent of electric cars. Last Congress he co-sponsored the Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010, and he plans to introduce similar legislation in the 112th Congress.
On Dec. 19, 2013, the Architect of the Capitol gave a special media tour of the infrastructure surrounding the Rotunda, and the interior and exterior of the U.S. Capitol Dome. This past fall, the AOC began a multi-year restoration project that will repair the more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies from weather and age, and restore the Dome to its former splendor.
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.