Governor

Rick Perry Defends Private Travel Costs at House Energy Hearing
Some sites are too remote to be accessed by commercial airlines, secretary says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies during a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce’s Energy Subcommittee on Thursday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

BY ELVINA NAWAGUNA

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that his use of private aircraft for work travel is sometimes justified because his department’s national laboratories and some sites he has to visit are too remote to be accessed by commercial airlines.

Rep. Scott Checks Out Local Brewery, Boat-Building Workshop Before Town Hall
 

Earlier this week Virginia Rep. Robert C. Scott stopped by the opening of a new brewery in the riverside town of Portsmouth, Va., alongside several other commonwealth leaders including Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Democratic congressman also visited a wooden boat-building workshop and held a town hall in Norfolk.

This is the second report in an occasional series this recess where Roll Call visits members in their districts and shadows some of their daily activities.

Rep. Steve Pearce to Run for New Mexico Governor
First Republican to join race, opens up congressional seat

Rep. Steve Pearce is the first Republican to announce his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve Pearce on Monday became the first Republican to join the race for governor of New Mexico, opening up the state’s 2nd District seat, which Democrats were already planning to target in 2018.

Pearce is the second New Mexico congressional representative to announce plans seek the state’s highest job. Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham launched her campaign in December and has already outraised her potential competitors.

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Polis Mulling Gubernatorial Run in Colorado
The 2nd District congressman says he'll decide in 'next month or two'

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said he is considering a run for governor. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Colorado Rep. Jared Polis said he is considering a run for governor, in an interview with Coloradopolitics.com 

“I’m going to be deciding in the next month or two whether or not to launch a statewide race for governor,” Polis said in an interview with the site that ran Monday morning. 

New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham to Run For Governor in 2018
Her bid for statewide office creates an opening New Mexico's 1st District

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., has decided to run for governor instead of seek re-election to the House in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday she would not seek re-election to the House in 2018 and instead run for governor in her home state on the promise of “a new beginning.”

In a message posted on YouTube, the New Mexico Democrat emphasized a campaign focused on the state’s unemployment rates, schools, poverty and addiction.

Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress
Up to six new House Members previously lost a race for governor

Rep.-elect Anthony Brown, who lost a governor’s race in Maryland two years ago, walks down the House steps for the 115th Congress freshman class group photo during the first week of orientation on Nov. 15. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51 percent to 47 percent. But the former lieutenant governor rebounded to win a competitive Democratic primary this year in Maryland’s 4th District when Rep. Donna Edwards decided to run for the Senate. Brown cruised in the general election and will be coming to Congress next year.

South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem to Run for Governor in 2018
Republican congresswoman will not seek re-election to the House

South Dakota GOP Rep. Kristi Noem is not seeking re-election to the House in 2018 and will instead will run for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem announced Monday that she will run for governor in 2018 instead of seeking re-election to the House, according to the Argus Leader

Noem’s decision opens up the state’s at-large congressional seat, which she has held since 2011. She was elected to a fourth term last week by an overwhelming 28-point margin. 

Koch Group Redirects 'Ohio Families First' Website Away From Strickland
Slogan has been part of Strickland's campaign but PAC bought domain first

A super PAC tied to Charles and David Koch is hitting Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland on his record as governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A super PAC linked to the Koch brothers is using one of Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland's slogans to redirect people to a website criticizing him.

In February, the former Ohio governor launched his "Ohio Families First" plan, which he has made a mainstay of his campaign.

Senate Democrats May Be Ready to Talk Trump on TV
Still, party strategists caution against forgoing other useful lines of attack

Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland links Republican rival Sen. Rob Portman, right, to Donald Trump in a new TV ad. (Screen shot Strickland for Senate)

For as much as Senate Democratic candidates talk about Donald Trump, they have steered clear — relatively speaking — from using him in a critical part of their campaigns: TV ads.

Is that about to change?