Stacey Plaskett

Summer Reading, Lawmaker-Style
What members of Congress have been reading — and you can, too!

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., holds up his copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in his Cannon Building office in July 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Looking for a summer read? HOH has been asking lawmakers for months about the last book they read, and their choices have ranged from historical dives to books about their issues or districts.

Here are some of the interesting titles recommended by members of Congress.

Plaskett Cooks for Her Staff to ‘Bring Everybody’s Spirits Back Up a Little Bit’
Roll Call joined the Virgin Islands delegate for a potluck

Del. Stacey Plaskett's, D-V.I., favorite food is callaloo. (Thomas McKinless/ CQ Roll Call)

Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett is a self-described “foodie.”

“That’s the love my husband and I [have]. We think a date is going to the grocery store, a really great grocery store. I love ethnic foods. I love to understand not just the taste of the food but understand why and how it’s related to people,” she said.

Del. Plaskett Shares Lechon and Other Island Food With D.C. Staff
At the Table, where lawmakers show Roll Call their favorite place for a meal on the Hill 

Take Five: John Thune
South Dakota senator says ‘it was a lot easier to get things done’ before C-SPAN cameras were in the Senate chamber

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., played the piano, the tuba and sang. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John Thune, 57, a South Dakota Republican, talks about the perks of growing up in a small town and solving problems in the Senate gym.

Q: What unique perspective do you have as a former staffer?

Take Five: Stacey Plaskett
Virgin Islands Democrat has a budding potential political rival in the family

Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., says her 9-year-old daughter has made herself a Capitol ID badge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Del. Stacey Plaskett, 52, a Virgin Islands Democrat, talks about working in the George W. Bush Justice Department, being a “token” and why she doesn’t want to run against her daughter.

Q: Tell me something about the Virgin Islands that people in D.C. might not know.

Take Five: Jamie Raskin
Law professor-turned-congressman likes to take an academic approach to problems Congress confronts

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., was Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett’s law professor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, 55,  talks about the heart of the legislative process, what his colleagues call him, and how he angered a world chess champion.

Q: What about Congress didn’t you expect?

Report: Former Staffers Plead Guilty to Leaking Plaskett Photos
‘We have put this incident behind us,’ Virgin Islands delegate says

Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I.,had lewd images of her and her husband leaked by a former staffer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former staffers of Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett pleaded guilty to circulating lewd images of Plaskett and her husband.

Juan McCullum and Dorene Browne-Louis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to release sexual images and McCullum plead guilty to first degree attempt at unlawful publication of a sexual image in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Washington Examiner reported.

Virgin Islands Del. Plaskett is Calm in the Storm
Hurricane Irma batters Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on its way toward mainland U.S.

U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett spent Tuesday evening calling relatives back home as Hurricane Irma was bearing down on the territory. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite Hurricane Irma causing power outages, destruction, and potential loss of life back home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Del. Stacey Plaskett was remarkably calm.

She had been up since 4 a.m. in constant contact with her close neighbor to the west, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon.

Former House Staffers Indicted Over Nude Image Distribution
Charges involve private images of U.S. Virgin Islands delegate circulated last year

U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett said she was grateful to her constituents for their support during her family’s ordeal. (Courtesy Plaskett’s congressional website)

Two former staffers of U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett were indicted Thursday following an investigation into the circulation of nude photos and videos of the Democrat and her husband that one of the staffers found on her iPhone, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia said in a statement.

Juan McCullum, 35, a legislative assistant for Plaskett in 2015 and 2016, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of cyberstalking for allegedly creating accounts on Hotmail and Facebook using a made-up name to distribute and post the photos and video in July 2016, the statement read.

Word on the Hill: National Wine Day
Dusty Baker on the Hill and Dana Rohrabacher in a sling

Celebrate National Wine Day before the weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

You may be pleasantly surprised to hear about a very special, perhaps unknown, holiday. Today is National Wine Day.

It’s nearly Friday, which means it’s almost recess, so pick up a bottle of wine on your way home from work to celebrate.