Laura Gabatino, who shared the east end door post with Coonan in the Speaker’s Lobby for almost three years, agreed that he was always quick with an “inappropriate joke” and added that they often bonded over their love of dogs: Coonan, she said, had two rescued greyhounds.
“But I almost forgot to say I also really liked working with him,” Gabatino said. “I miss him.”
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.