There are still details to be sorted out before Tuesday, such as where in the Capitol Visitor Center the orientation will be held. Organizers also need to nail down the number of rooms to be reserved — each Member gets a room, along with one aide.
Not knowing the exact size of the new class and how it will break along party lines — and having to make arrangements regardless of these unknowns — is what makes orientation planning, in Fleet’s words, “half science, half art.”
Correction: Nov. 8, 12:06 p.m.
An earlier version of this story misidentified one of the Members-elect who will be sworn in for the lame-duck session. The Representative-elect from Michigan is Dave Curson (D).
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.