Rep.-elect Pete Gallego arrives to the Capitol Hill Hotel in Southeast Washington, D.C., where members-elect were checking in for new member orientation.
“Somebody asked me, ‘Well, how important is it to meet with these steering committee members?’ and I said, ‘It’s a higher priority than just about everything else on the agenda.’”
California Democrat Ami Bera, who is only narrowly leading in his race against orientation leader and House Administration Chairman Dan Lungren, R-Calif., came for orientation in case the election is called in his favor.
“We’re moving ahead so we can hit the ground running and start serving our district,” Bera said.
Rep.-elect Mark Takano, D-Calif., meanwhile, just wanted to find a place to clean his shirts.
“I’ve figured out one thing, that’s where to do my laundry,” Takano said, motioning to the canvas bag he had with him on the way to the laundry services in the House. “It’s like $8 a shirt here at the hotel. I’m not used to that.”
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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.