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Freshman Lottery Doles Out New Office Space

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Rep.-elect Cory Gardner celebrates after drawing the No. 1 pick in the House office lottery for newly elected Members of Congress on Friday morning.

Rep.-elect Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) let his wife, Lisa, do the heavy lifting. Of utmost importance to her was modular furniture. 

With the 20th pick, they ended up choosing 331 Cannon, which belongs to Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), whom Noem ousted.

But after looking at so many offices, “I don’t even remember which one it is,” Lisa Palazzo said later. “I was like, ‘331? Which one is that?’”

The first and second floor of Cannon and Longworth made several appearances in the top 25 room picks.

But oddly enough, the “Cannon cages” — the fifth-floor offices renowned for their inaccessibility and lack of windows — made an appearance early in the draft. Rep.-elect Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) chose room 513 with his 11th pick, though he wouldn’t say why.

With the 12th pick, Rep.-elect Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) made an unconventional pick too. He’ll be on Longworth’s seventh floor; but on the bright side, he’ll have a nice view of the Dome in office 1725.

Among the last pickers was Rep.-elect Billy Long (R-Mo.), who live-tweeted the event all day. At No. 79, he had a long wait before he could get his new office.

“I’ll be in 1541 Longworth which I picked sight unseen!!!,” he tweeted at about 3:20 p.m., adding around 4 p.m.: “I love my new office! Got a bad lottery number but a great office! Longworth 1541 will be perfect! I’d have made a broom closet work not now.”

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