Marlin Stutzman

McHenry, Scalise’s Deputy, Steps Up to Run GOP Whip Operation
A temporary but open-ended promotion

Megan Bel Miller, chief of staff for the personal office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., takes a selfie with Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., during a blood drive in the foyer of Rayburn Building on June 20, 2017. The drive was held to honor those injured in last week's shooting at the Republican team practice in Alexandria. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As members flew back to town for the first time since the baseball practice shooting, the House’s No. 3 Republican remained absent indefinitely, and his leadership post was already being occupied temporarily.

The trauma to the Capitol from the grievous wounding of Steve Scalise, who’s set to remain hospitalized into the July Fourth recess and may not return to work before Labor Day, was not reaching in any visible way into the workings of his majority whip operation.

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters. 

Relievers Could Be Key in Congressional Baseball Game
Meehan, Aguilar enter game a year older

Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan celebrates after the Republicans’ 8-7 victory in the 55th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As a rule, once politicians get involved in the annual Congressional Baseball Game, they keep coming back for more.

And two veteran relief pitchers, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan and California Democrat Pete Aguilar, continue to get better every year.

GOP Scouting Report Ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game
Team manager Joe Barton is hopeful for a second win in a row

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton celebrates with his son Jack, 10, during the Republicans’ 8-7 victory in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s the last week of practices for the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game and Republican team manager Joe L. Barton is eager for a repeat of last year’s game and notch another W for the GOP.

The Texas congressman played in the game from 1988 to 1993 and began managing and coaching once he stopped. He knows full well how an election wave can affect a roster. This year, the team has lost a few players and gained some.

Indiana Headed for Another Member-on-Member Senate Primary
Messer close to announcing a bid and Rokita expected to follow

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is assumed to be running for Senate, but he could be joined by another member of the Indiana delegation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoosier politicos call it the “Wabash mafia.” And now two graduates of the tiny, all-male college in Indiana are likely to face off in the Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2018.

GOP Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita graduated from Wabash College just one year apart. And while neither has officially entered the race, they’re both making moves that suggest this cycle’s primary could again feature member-on-member theatrics.

NRCC Staffs Up for 2018
Press and political shops mix fresh faces with NRCC veterans

John Rogers, executive director for the NRCC, is announcing hires for the committee’s press and political shop Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Rogers, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, will announce hires for the committee’s political and communications shops on Friday.

The hires, shared first with Roll Call, are a mix of NRCC veterans and former Hill staffers with a range of experiences working on House, Senate and presidential campaigns.

Freshmen Backed by Freedom Caucus Aren’t Committing to Joining
Caucus leaders expect some non-freshmen to help replenish their ranks

The political arm of the House Freedom Caucus backed Indiana Republican Jim Banks, but he has not yet decided to join the caucus if invited. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus is currently down seven members from the 114th Congress — and possibly two more.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is awaiting confirmation as President-elect Donald Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ethics Panel Investigates Stutzman Family Trip
Independent office says campaign funds used for personal purposes

Indiana Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for using campaign funds from his failed Senate bid during a family trip to California. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it would continue to investigate Republican Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s use of campaign funds during a family trip to California last year.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics launched a preliminary investigation into the five-day trip  in August 2015. Stutzman’s Senate campaign paid $2,000 in airfare for the Indiana Republican, his wife and two children.

New Member: Republican Jim Banks Elected in Indiana’s 3rd District
Banks replaces GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman

Banks is a former Indiana state senator. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Jim Banks will defeat Democrat Tommy A. Schrader in Indiana’s 3rd District, the Associated Press projects.

Banks led Schrader, 74 percent to 20 percent, with 25 percent of precincts reporting.

House Members Have Mixed Record on Higher Office
Thirteen House members and the delegate from Puerto Rico made bids for bigger things

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., had more than a 10-point lead over incumbent Mark Kirk in a race considered key to the Democrats' bid to gain control of the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thirteen House members — and one non-voting delegate from Puerto Rico — gave up their posts to run for statewide office this year, with varying success.

Three of those races, the Maryland, Indiana and Louisiana Senate campaigns, pitted colleagues in the House against each other. While the majority were vying for Senate seats, Democrats John Carney, of Delaware and Pedro Pierluisi, or Puerto Rico, made bids for governor. Here is a round-up of their positions as polls opened on Tuesday.