At the same time new Members will be busy learning the ropes of Congress and picking out furniture for their new offices. The pros will already have quietly planted the seeds of success and will be reaping the harvest of their early and constant involvement.
Former Rep. Dan Mica (D-Fla.) is president and CEO of the DMA Group.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.