Dec. 1, 2015 SIGN IN | REGISTER

House Freshmen to Watch

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo
Beatty’s varied past is expected to help her navigate her first term in Congress.

The youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii Legislature had not been sworn into her U.S. House seat when she expressed interest in being appointed to fill the vacant Senate seat of the Aloha State’s recently departed political godfather, Democrat Daniel K. Inouye. She didn’t get the nod, but she’s still one to keep watch on. The Hawaii National Guard combat veteran also served on the Honolulu City Council and blazed another path on her way to her House election last year: being the first Hindu elected to Congress.

6. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C.

Hudson brings extensive Capitol Hill experience, having served as chief of staff to three Republican lawmakers, an experience that gives him a head start on issues that sometimes take years to be familiar with for other members.

7. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.

Some people loathe political legacies. But Kennedy’s name and connections give him a platform available to few members, and how he uses it will be closely watched.

8. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.

Lujan Grisham, who was elected by her peers to be freshman class president in the second term of the 113th Congress, hails from a diverse, Albuquerque-based district that could be viewed as a microcosm of the Democratic coalition: urban and suburban, with a growing minority base that values progressive politics as well as regional traditions. Her service in New Mexico’s Aging and Health departments also gives her experience into premier political issues Congress will grapple with.

9. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind.

The GOP freshman class president brings a wealth of experience to the job as a former Capitol Hill staffer, Indiana legislator and state GOP official. His close association to the popular former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and his ability to stay on message and be a team player put him high on the list of freshmen to watch.

10. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo.

Wagner has experience in everything from the glitzy diplomatic post of ambassador to Luxembourg, to the more nuts-and-bolts state Republican Party chairwoman, to the blue-collar sheen of being on the Lafayette Township Committee. She also held management positions at all-American brands Hallmark Cards and Ralston Purina, and she complements a strong leadership profile for women in the freshman class.

comments powered by Disqus




Want Roll Call on your doorstep?