Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) won a social media competition among House Democrats.
In a competition House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called “remarkable,” Waters won the race to add the most followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in three weeks.
The 2011 Member Online All-Star Competition pit House Democrat against House Democrat as lawmakers vied for the title of “MVP.” This year, Hoyer said in a statement announcing the contest’s results, House Democrats collectively acquired more than 57,000 new fans, followers and subscribers — surpassing last year’s total by more than 14,000.
“Overall, the competition was a huge success,” Hoyer said. “[It] was remarkable, with the leader changing multiple times.”
Of the top 50 highest-gainers, a handful were freshmen, including Reps. Terri Sewell (Ala.) and Cedric Richmond (La.). Rep. Janice Hahn (Calif.), who was sworn in just three month ago after a special election to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D), came in at number 28.
A number of committees and caucuses also had good showings: the Education and Workforce, Ways and Means, and Oversight and Government Reform committees were top-earners, as were the Congressional Progressive and Hispanic caucuses.
Modeled after a House Republican effort that started in 2010, the three-week social media competition was managed by the Hoyer’s office.
Last year, Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.) and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico) were co-MVPs in the Democrat’s competition. This year, Polis placed 13th, while Pierluisi took 26th.
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.