Renee Ellmers

At the Races: A Case of the Mondays
Busy day for annoucements, from North Carolina to California

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., has picked up a top-flight GOP challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Republican Pete Stauber, a St. Louis County commissioner, announced his candidacy for the state’s 8th District on Monday.

House elections in the northern Gopher State district, represented by Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan, have been among the most competitive and expensive in the country for the last two cycles.

Vodka Distillery Owner Takes On George Holding in North Carolina
Sam Searcy says GOP health care vote was impetus for his campaign

Democrat Sam Searcy is challenging North Carolina Rep. George Holding, above, he announced on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are hoping that the owner of a new vodka distillery in Durham can help them pick up a suburban Raleigh district currently represented by GOP North Carolina Rep. George Holding.

Democrat Sam Searcy announced his campaign for North Carolina’s 2nd District on Monday. The 40-year-old Holly Springs resident says the House’s vote for the GOP health care bill was the final push he needed to run. He’d been thinking about a bid for Congress even before Donald Trump was elected president last fall.

Congressional Women’s Softball Game Ticket Sales Soar
California Democrat Norma Torres gears up for annual charity event

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos is welcomed into the dugout after scoring the only run in the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The week of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game kicks off with the members’ team seeking revenge on their media colleagues, and interest in the annual game skyrocketing after last week’s shooting at a Republican team practice for the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Last year, the press team, known as the Bad News Babes, beat the lawmakers, 8-4. 

Ellmers Gets HHS Job
The first Republican woman to endorse Trump

Former Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., will serve as director for the Department of Health and Human Service's regional office in Atlanta. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers has landed a job in the Trump administration as director for the Department of Health and Human Service’s regional office in Atlanta.

Ellmers started her job Wednesday, the News & Observer in Raleigh reported. 

Congressional Women’s Softball Prepares to Lose a Staple
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has played since game was started in 2009, announced retirement earlier

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is expected to play her final Congressional Women’s Softball Game next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After an election, there are always comings and goings from the Congressional Women’s Softball Game rosters. But the biggest news of the offseason this year was that the game will soon be losing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The Florida Republican has played in the charity event pitting female lawmakers against members of the media since the first one in 2009. But she announced last month that she will be retiring after her current term. 

Word on the Hill: A Healthy Talk
D.C. awards nominations

Dr. Neal Barnard will tell you how to live a healthier life. (Courtesy Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine)

Learn about staying healthy this year from the Library of Congress.

As part of the LOC’s Office of Health Services and the Library of Congress Professional Association’s “Living Well Brown Bag Series,” Dr. Neal Barnard is speaking at noon today in the Mumford Room on the 6th floor of the Madison building.

Retiring Members Make Room for Their Replacements
Rayburn basement just got more crowded

Painters repaint the office of outgoing North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers in the Longworth building last week in preparation for a new tenant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Departing House members are having their last hurrah together in the Rayburn House Office Building basement until their final day in Congress.

They were moved to the Members Service Center, where each member has a cubicles with a computer, two chairs and a phone to share with their decreased staffs.

GOP Women Are Listening, and They're Talking
Rep. Elise Stefanik is participating in this week's Women2Women tour

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is answering women's questions in the Empire State this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo file photo)

Before Donald Trump even entered the scene, one group of Republican women found it important to stay politically aware.

The Women2Women Conversations Tour was launched in 2014 as a place for women across the country, from the ages of roughly 35 to 55 years, to discuss their issues during an election.

What Florida Members Are Telling Constituents About Matthew
Floridians prepare for rare Category 4 storm to hit Thursday evening

Kevin Forde, left, and John Haughey put up plywood on a window in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday as they prepare for Hurricane Matthew. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As Florida prepares for Hurricane Matthew to strike, members of Congress are working to keep their constituents in the loop and safe.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned in an email Thursday, "Meteorologists are calling this the storm of decades, and it is not something to take lightly." Signed off with "Paid for by Marco Rubio for Senate 2016," the email also suggested people donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Ivanka Trump Meets With Female GOP Lawmakers
Childcare and women's policy issues discussed

Ivanka Trump introduces her father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, for his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ivanka Trump, daughter and campaign aide to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, met with female GOP senators and congresswomen Tuesday afternoon.

The women discussed childcare and women's policy issues at the roundtable meeting at the Republican National Committee. Donald Trump released policy proposals for helping working families last week that his daughter helped him develop.