Members of Congress almost never let their guard down when cameras are in the room because they don’t like photographs that show them doing anything other than their jobs. Tom Williams is the master at catching lawmakers in ‘real’ moments because he understands that the closer his subjects get to the podium, the more on-guard they become. By arriving early and staying late at events, he becomes witness to unstaged interactions, such as this one Wednesday with Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
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.