Debbie Dingell

John Rutherford Continues Recuperation
In the House, new Intelligence Committee members announced

Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford has been dealing with a health scare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Washington continues to prepare for the inauguration, one member looks to fully recover from a health scare, while others are settling into new roles on a key committee.

Florida Rep. John Rutherford is expected to be released from the hospital in “the next several days” after the freshman congressman suffered an “acute digestive flare up,” according to his chief of staff, Kelly Simpson.

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.

Word on the Hill: Swearing In
Events surrounding the first day of the new Congress

Former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, conducted a special swearing-in ceremony with Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., in the Capitol in September. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy 2017 and welcome back!

Congress is in full force today with Senate and House swearing-in of the 115th Congress. Stay tuned for Roll Call’s coverage all day.

Just Hear Those Dingells Jingling...
Flint, sports and Trump make it on this year’s jingle

Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell continues her husband’s Christmas legacy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell on Thursday released this year’s edition of a holiday classic: the Dingell Jingle.

DCCC Challenge Not Expected As Members Line Up For Leadership Posts
Maloney to lead review of campaign arm instead of challenge Lujan for chair

Instead of mounting a challenge for chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is going to lead a review of the campaign arm and present findings to House Democrats in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats will square off Monday in a series of elections for lower-rung leadership positions. But one critical post likely to be uncontested is the chairmanship of the caucus’ campaign arm. 

Lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen who will serve in the 115th Congress, will chose co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, as well as a member who has served five terms or less for an as-yet-unnamed leadership post. 

Word on the Hill: Turkey Pardon
Senate bean soup for Thanksgiving

A person in a turkey costume is interviewed outside the Capitol by Fox News in 2009. (Tom Williams/ CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama marks another ‘last time’ event today: the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

At a ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden at 2:40 p.m., Obama will take on his eighth ceremonial turkey pardoning in honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Word on the Hill: Free Condoms
Congressional showdown on VP debate stage

The Kelly Ayotte for Senate campaign is making an appeal to young voters this week — by handing out condoms.

Democrats Aim to Reduce 30-Seat House Deficit With Help From Trump
Female lawmakers have taken the lead this recess by mentoring recruits

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos is campaigning for female Democratic recruits this recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic lawmakers this recess are out campaigning for recruits in districts they never thought they’d be setting foot in this time last year.

The party is optimistic that with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, they can make a serious dent in their 30-seat House deficit by contesting seats that wouldn’t be otherwise competitive in a presidential election year.

John Dingell's 90th is the Party of the Year
Both sides of the aisle celebrate with the former congressman

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., leads the crowd in singing a birthday song to former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., in the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing room, also known as the John D. Dingell Room, on Wednesday. Dingell is celebrating his 90th birthday. In the background are Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas and Gene Green, D-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Everyone knows John Dingell brings the fun. And bipartisanship and ice cream.  

The Michigan State Society, in cahoots with Dingell's wife, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, threw the Dean a 90th birthday party on Wednesday in the room named after him in the Rayburn Office Building.  

Bad News Babes Triumph in Congressional Women's Softball Game
The eighth annual event set a new fundraising record

Pitcher Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand throws to first base for an out after fielding a ball from one of the Bad News Babes hitters during the Congressional Women's Softball Game on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In a very high scoring game full of lots of smiles and high-fives, the press team, also known as the Bad News Babes, won the eighth-annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game against members of Congress 8-4.  

The game broke fundraising records on Wednesday night when it raised $215,000 for the Young Survivors Coalition, and crossed $875,000 in total donations to the charity since the event began in 2008.