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For 20, a New Year’s Boost in House Legislative Sway
How the winners of top committee assignments made their own luck

Keep an eye peeled for these House members with plum new committee assignments, from left to right, first row: Pete Aguilar, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Katherine M. Clark, Ryan A. Costello, Carlos Curbelo; second row: Suzan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, Brian Higgins, John Moolenaar, Grace Meng; third row: Dan Newhouse, Scott Peters, Mark Pocan, Raul Ruiz, David Schweikert; fourth row: Terri A. Sewell, Scott Taylor, Tim Walberg, Jackie Walorski and Mimi Walters. (Bill Clark, Meredith Dake-O’Connor and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos. Scott Taylor courtesy Scott Taylor for U.S. Congress)

Specialization seasoned with seniority is the surest recipe for a meaningful legislative career in the House, which is more than big enough to swallow all the dilettantes and short-timers without a trace. It’s finding a substantive niche, then fitting in over the long haul, that proves perennially frustrating for many members. 

But the goal of becoming a successful and substantive lawmaker just got a whole lot easier for a score of them.

Report: Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Fly Family Rabbit
Comes after son used campaign credit card for playing video games

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., used $600 in campaign money to fly a family rabbit, an ongoing review of his expenses revealed.

Lawmakers Push to Include Digital in Infrastructure Plans
We need firewalls, not physical walls, says Rep. Ted Lieu

California Rep. Ted Lieu said the country is better protected by firewalls than the physical wall President-elect Donald Trump has proposed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As rebuilding the country’s infrastructure looks to be an area President-elect Donald Trump and Democrats can agree on, lawmakers from both parties are trying to make sure the conversation includes digital infrastructure. 

California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said digital infrastructure is as vital to the country as roads and bridges.

Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

California Rep. Darrell Issa will face another challenge from Doug Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

Incoming Rep. Correa Plans Wait and See Approach With Trump
California Congressman spent much of early life in Mexico; says he’ll do battle over immigration, if necessary

Incoming Reps. Lou Correa, D-California, and Ruben Kihuen, D-Nevada, both spent parts of their childhood in Mexico and have criticized President-elect Donald Trump's immigration policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep.-elect Lou Correa, D-California, said despite being a moderate Democrat, he plans to oppose President-elect Donald Trump's proposed mass deportations.

Correa, who will represent California's 46th Congressional District, was born in East Los Angeles and lived in Zacatecas, Mexico, for five years as a child before moving to Anaheim. His grandfather immigrated from Mexico early in the 1900s and was deported during the Great Depression.

Challenger Pits Pelosi Against Rank-and-File Democrats
Drama surrounds veteran lawmaker’s bid to retain control of divided caucus

Nancy Pelosi, who has been the top House Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi puts her leadership position on the line Wednesday morning, facing criticism from rank-and-file Democrats and an opponent agitating for change after three consecutive unsuccessful attempts to retake control of the chamber.

The 76-year-old Californian is expected to prevail by capturing a simple majority in the secret balloting, but some Democrats predict the race could be close. As of Tuesday evening, at least 80 caucus members had publicly committed to Pelosi.

Doug Applegate Isn’t Done with Darrell Issa
The failed Democratic candidate announced he’ll run again in 2018

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was declared the winner of the 49th District race three weeks after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The day after California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa was officially declared the winner of the 49th District race, Democrat Doug Applegate announced that he’ll run again in 2018.

“As a Marine Colonel, I know that the hardest fights often take a couple of battles — and I look forward to continuing our fight in the days, weeks, and months ahead,” Applegate said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Rohrabacher: Vote for Me for Secretary of State
California Republican says he’s under consideration, directs supporters to Breitbart poll

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has occasionally criticized President-elect Donald Trump and praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says he is under consideration to be secretary of State by President-elect Donald Trump and he wants your support.

The California Republican informed his supporters through an email, suggesting that if they want to see him in the job, they should vote in an online poll conducted by Breitbart News, whose executive Stephen Bannon was recently named chief White House strategist in the Trump White House.

Senate Democrats Can't Stop Sessions, So How Much Will They Fight?
AG hopeful only needs a majority to approve his nomination

Sen. Jeff Sessions is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Justice Department. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general leaves Senate Democrats with a complicated choice.

Sen. Jeff Sessions appears poised to lead the Justice Department, despite accusations of racism that derailed his nomination for a federal judgeship three decades ago. As far as records go back, no sitting senator has ever been denied confirmation to a Cabinet post.

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera Holds On in California’s 7th District
Race called 10 days after Election Day

California Rep. Ami Bera has eked out another close win in the 7th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

California Rep. Ami Bera has won a third term representing the state’s 7th District, defeating Republican opponent Scott Jones. 

Ten days after Election Day, The Associated Press called the race Friday after updated election results showed Bera extending his lead over Jones by more than 2 percentage points.