Sen. Capito Welcomes Granddaughter

Capito now has four grandchildren. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., welcomed a granddaughter Wednesday morning, Rose Barbara Capito.  

Rose is the senator’s fourth grandchild and the daughter of the senator’s oldest son, Charles.

Rep. Kennedy Welcomes First Child

Then-Speaker John A. Boehner, left, Birchfield Kennedy, and Kennedy pose during Kennedy's ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 3, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another heir to the Kennedy legacy was born Tuesday: Eleanor Kennedy. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D- Mass., announced the birth of his daughter on Facebook.  

Kennedy and his wife, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, have been married since December of 2012 and this is the couple’s first child.  

Santa, Elves Spotted in Dirksen

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Once a year, Santa and his elves take over the U.S. Capitol Police department.  

On Friday, Capitol Police threw their annual holiday party, dressing up as St. Nick's helpers and escorting 60 children from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C., to the Senate. The children gathered outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building, greeted by officers dressed as elves and Capitol Police’s mascot, “Eddie Eagle” and “Night” from the National Association of Town Watch. When Santa arrived in his sleigh, decorated by police, children chanted his name.  

Toy Drives From Both Sides of the Aisle

Santa Claus knows no partisanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Groups from opposite sides of the political spectrum are holding toy drives Tuesday, making sure Santa knows no partisan boundaries.  

In Washington, Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Karen Bass, D-Calif.; and Dina Titus, D-Nev., are teaming up for the Capitol Hill Toy Drive to benefit the National Foster Young Institute. The group gives toys to D.C. area foster children and disadvantaged youth. The drive will take place in the Rayburn Gold Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beyond the Beltway, the Greater Cleveland Young Republicans are taking their Holiday After Party and GOP Debate Watch Party as an opportunity to collect toys. The party in Cleveland starts at 8 p.m., where attendees can enjoy free admission, free food and a cash bar while watching Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and the rest of the GOP presidential candidates hash it out in Las Vegas.  

Kevin Yoder's Newest Addition

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder's office)

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and his wife Brooke added to their family earlier this month, with the birth of their second daughter. Eloise Jane — Yoder's office said her name is inspired by two of her great-grandmothers — arrived at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She measured about 21 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and joins sister Caroline Lucille. 

Later that week, Yoder released the following statement: "Brooke and I could not be happier to announce the addition of Eloise Jane to our family and Caroline is thrilled to be a big sister. We want to thank all of the great health care providers at Shawnee Mission Medical Center who helped deliver her in good health. Our own little slugger is truly a blessing and we were thrilled she was brought into a world where the Royals are World Champions.”

Hill Staffer Searches for Her Daughter's Cure

Ellie McGinn at the Capitol. (Courtesy of "A Cure for Ellie" Facebook page)

When Pope Francis looked down from the Speaker’s Balcony of the Capitol in September and blessed the children in the massive crowd on the West Lawn, 7-year-old Ellie McGinn was among those the pontiff called “the most important ones here.”  

Thanks to Emily Schillinger, a family friend working in then-Speaker John A. Boehner’s office, McGinn was gifted a ticket for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was just one of numerous examples of a bipartisan assortment of friends doing what they can to help a little girl living with a genetic and potentially terminal disease — one for which there is no cure.  

Living La Vida Pope-ah

Kids sporting homemade mitres made their way to Capitol Hill to catch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

They flowed in from all over to see and hear Pope Francis speak his mind to our elected leaders, a flood of modern pilgrims ready to take instruction from the Holy See's point man.  

Tens of thousands of folks made their way to the Capitol Thursday to witness the pontiff’s appearance before a joint session of Congress, braving congested security checkpoints and prolonged exposure to a glaring sun to bear witness to the rarest of occasions — the ultimate confluence of church and state.

LaHoods Take The Hill

Speaker John A. Boehner greets Rep. Darin LaHood during a swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol before the actual one on the House floor. Also pictured are LaHood's his sons Teddy, 8, McKay, 13, and wife Kristen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The LaHoods were in full force on Capitol Hill on Thursday.  

On the chamber floor, Darin was being sworn in as the next Republican to represent Illinois' 18th congressional district, shaking hands with new colleagues and casting his first vote as a member of the House.  

Just Call Him 'Grandpa Boehner'

Boehner reacquainted himself with the younger set in 2013, when he shook hands with John Griffin, the three-year-old son of former Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner is famous for being a softie when it comes to "the children," so we can't imagine what kind of tears of joy he shed at the birth of his first grandchild, whose arrival was announced to the world on Thursday afternoon via Twitter:

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)


“When you see something that is not right, you must disturb the order of things,” the Georgia Democrat implored the hundreds of kids who gathered on July 12 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to hear from the visiting civil rights icon.  

Lewis, in town to promote the second installment of his autobiographical graphic novel, “March,” at Comic-Con International, spoke to a group of at-risk youths who live in a world far removed from the pop culture spectacle.