Reps. James Lankford, Cory Gardner (above), Kristi Noem, Patrick Meehan and Tom Reed are confounding the stereotype of the House Republican freshman class. Each has made a mark on the 112th Congress, some by becoming leadership favorites.
“They asked me to step up and I was willing to do that,” she said. “I knew from experience that leadership defines the agenda. ... If I’m going spend my time doing something, I’m going to be as effective as I can.”
On spending votes, she has stayed close to leadership. And most recently, she stuck with Agriculture Committee leaders during the farm bill debate, helping to beat back conservative Republican Study Committee amendments to cut more from food stamps, though she is an RSC member.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.