Members of Congress have plenty of people giving them advice, both solicited and not. Senior staffers, constituents, pollsters and pundits all have ideas about what elected officials should do.
But the source of counsel that lawmakers are most likely to follow: their mothers. In honor of Mother’s Day (which mom-loving Congress established back in 1914), we asked Members what was the best advice they have ever gotten from their moms.
“She told me that when people don’t have enough backbone, sometimes you’ve got to put a broomstick up their back to give them some backbone. I remember we were taking a tough vote, and I brought a dowel rod with me to a meeting — I didn’t have an actual broomstick — and I told that story and said, ‘Mr. Leader, I can get as many of these as you need.’ It’s become a joke among my colleagues.”
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)
“If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything. Live long, and you’ll outlast all your enemies, and that’s the greatest revenge.”
“She taught me everything about dealing with people, and her best advice was that you can always get a lot more out of folks if you give them a smile. It’s been perfect advice for what we do around here.”
“My mom was the den mother for our Cub Scouts, and we had meetings in our basement. Her best advice was to get involved and make a difference, and she pushed us to do that. It’s served as a good mantra in this job.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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.