Stacey Farnen Bernards, a former deputy chief of staff to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), has once again traded debriefings for diaper duty, welcoming her third child, Emmeline Bell, on Jan. 11.
Bernards officially bid Hoyer, for whom she worked more than a decade, farewell in November to join Honeywell International as vice president of government relations.
According to Bernards, Emmeline gave fair warning of her imminent arrival. “She made it clear at 5 a.m. on Jan. 10 that she was on her way,” the mother of three explained, noting that she and her husband rolled out to the hospital at about 7 p.m.
Wondering who held the fort with Emmeline’s older siblings, Collette, 6, and almost-4-year-old Jack? That’d be clutch baby sitter and Roll Call alumna Erin Billings, who toasted with the expectant couple before the migration to the maternity ward.
Emmeline, all 8 pounds, 5 ounces of her, showed up at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday. Hoyer followed up with a congratulatory call while mom and baby were still recovering in the hospital — a simple courtesy that is paying immediate dividends.
“She joined her sister and brother in pledging loyalty to the Democratic Party at birth,” Bernards said of Emmeline’s non-negotiable political bent.
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.