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.
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.