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DCCC Announces 2018 Leadership Team
Expanded team includes returning members and some fresh faces

Washington Rep. Denny Heck will return as DCCC recruitment chairman for the 2018 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján announced his leadership team for the 2018 cycle on Thursday.

The 20-person team, shared first with Roll Call, is an expanded group from previous cycles. 

Word on the Hill: Pelosi, Others to Screen Gun Violence Film
Time to lace up your running shoes

In the film “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA,” William Ranta, right, recalls asking his father not to shoot his mother, Kate, background. (Courtesy Brave New Films)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., on Wednesday will host a screening of the documentary “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA.”

The film tells the story of families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and draws a line from their stories to the National Rifle Administration.

Here Are the Democrats Skipping Trump’s Inauguration
Nearly 70 Democratic House members won’t attend Friday’s swearing-in

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly is one of the latest Democratic House members to say that he won’t attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Even before President-elect Donald Trump attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Twitter over the weekend, a handful of Democratic lawmakers had planned to boycott Trump's inauguration on Friday.

But by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday night, that group had ballooned. As of Friday morning, nearly 70 Democrats in the House said they will not attend out of protest. Several other House Democrats are not attending for medical or other reasons. No Democratic senators have announced intentions to boycott. 

John Lewis to Skip Trump Inauguration
Says Trump is not a legitimate president

Rep. John Lewis, seen testifying at the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions for attorney general, is boycotting Trump’s inauguration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, charging that Trump’s presidency is illegitimate. 

“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” the Georgia Democrat told NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” in an interview to air this Sunday. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

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: 'See Ya'
Singing senators serenade birthday boy and a hip playlist

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., (center) helped save the day on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two congressional heroes emerged this week.

Republican Reps. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Michael C. Burgess of Texas helped resuscitate a man in the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday.

Gun Violence Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention
Activists sense a sea change in momentum around the issue

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seen here with her husband Mark Kelly, will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — Every couple of minutes, it seems to Daniel Hernandez, someone stops him to ask about gun violence.  

Hernandez is a former intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He helped save the Arizona Democrat's life after she was shot in the head at a constituent event in 2011.  

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.

Social Media, Apps, Electronic Whips in Democratic Toolbox
House members embrace social technology

Clark and Wally the bunny on Instagram.

Rep. Katherine Clark found the secret to boosting her online following: posting a picture of a cute animal.  

The picture of the Massachusetts Democrat with the internet-famous Wally the bunny  had a purpose. It was to promote a bill she sponsored to help protect pets of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  

How the House Sit-in Happened, and What Happens Now
Organizer Katherine Clark, of Massachusetts: 'I had that sinking feeling'

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on Thursday, April 21, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After the shootings in Orlando took a record-breaking 49 lives, Rep. Katherine Clark , D-Mass., says she got “that sinking feeling that we were going to have yet another moment of silence” on the House floor in response.  

Not that she doubts the sincerity of her Republican colleagues in offering their prayers and condolences to survivors and the families of victims, she said in an interview. But she and others couldn’t bring themselves to participate in a ritual they felt had been rendered downright disrespectful by repetition.