Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) talks about Jell-O molds and one of her famous relatives.
Q: Fondest childhood memory? A: It is probably around pets that I had while I was growing up. I was always an animal lover. I had two dogs, one cat, chicken, parakeet, assorted fish, turtles.
Q: How did you hurt your arm and who has signed your cast? A: My broken wrist is the result of a small fall I took in the Capitol the other week. Though I went to the hospital briefly, I was back at work the next day and am doing fine. President [Barack] Obama is the only person whoís signed it so far. [The president inked his signature on the boo-boo last Monday at a White House Christmas party, as noted by HOH.]
Q: Is it true that you are a descendant of Pocahontas? A: Yes, on my motherís side. I am a direct descendant of Pocahontas. My great-grandmother traced it back.
Q: Which holiday season is your favorite and why? A: Favorite holiday season? Probably Christmas season because there is an appreciation for family and good fellowship that people feel during this holiday season. [Itís] friendlier, generous and [you] think more about other people.
Q: Is there a special dish you make during that season? A: Turkey, but also during Christmas, there is something that I donít make any other time of year. It is called Pacific Lime Mold. Itís not mold, of course. Itís a gelatin that has whipped cream, Jell-O, nuts, pineapple ó and lots of calories, of course.
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.