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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.