Being a freshman in Congress isn’t easy. In addition to learning the rules, making new friends and trying to keep constituents happy, the new class has to figure out how to navigate the ever-confusing Capitol complex.
A spy tells us that Sen. John Boozman got lost Tuesday on his way to the weekly Republican policy lunch. The Arkansas Republican took a wrong turn and wound up walking into the Democrats’ meeting.
“Sen. Boozman heard a rumor that Chick-Fil-A was being served,” Communications Director Sara Lasure jokes.
While attending the wrong meeting may be embarrassing, Boozman isn’t alone in his confusion. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who is a veteran of the Hill, walked into a Republican meeting in the House earlier this year.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
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.