House Rules Chairman Sessions, pictured here in his Rules Committee office, took the gavel of the powerful panel at the beginning of the 113th Congress, taking over for retired Rep. David Dreier.
Sessions, known among friends for his “Pete-isms” and eccentric sense of humor, also makes sure members of his staff get to voice their concerns. Each week, he sits down with his top advisers for what the chairman calls “Eagle Time,” an allusion to his revered Eagle Scout rank.
“Code name: Pete’s the Eagle,” Sessions joked, speaking as though he were one of his aides being dragged into a meeting. “‘Oh shit, you got Eagle Time today, you got to spend time with the Eagle Scout.’”
He paused briefly, as if thinking something through.
“I think everybody likes to be in the meeting,” Sessions concluded.
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.