Stories by Stacey Goers:
Dec. 26, 2013
Last December, most of the Class of 2012 was anxiously waiting for January, when the group would be sworn into the 113th Congress. Much of the biographical information on the more than 80 individuals was already well known: For example, Florida Republican Ted Yoho had been a veterinarian specializing in large animal care, and Massachusetts Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III belonged to the most storied dynasty of American politics.
Dec. 18, 2013
Michelle Lim Warner and Michael Warner, owners of the wine and beer shop DCanter on Barracks Row, are launching a fundraising campaign this month for a cause that’s quite personal to their family.
Nov. 18, 2013
Not long after freshman Rep. Luke Messer won his seat in 2012, he was driving in Indiana with his family — three children, ages 10 and under — and asked them about moving to Washington, D.C.
Oct. 8, 2013
The intersection of faith and history has long intrigued Rep. Chris Stewart, who has co-authored multiple bestsellers, from techno-thrillers to pseudo-theological novels. The Utah Republican was an author — an actual novelist, not a fly-by autobiographer or tell-all storyteller — before entering the House as a freshman this January. That’s why, in part, the dust jacket of his newest book, “My Story,” written with Utahn Elizabeth Smart, doesn’t mention that he’s a congressman.
Sept. 6, 2013
Obscure doesn’t mean ineffective or passed over. In fact, in the congressional context, some of the best work gets done behind the scenes by members who would rather build relationships with their colleagues than spar with cable news anchors. These members take on low-profile policy agendas, gain reputations for expertise and benefit from tenure to climb committees or lead issue-area caucuses.
Aug. 11, 2013
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first four months in Congress were especially grueling. She was elected as one of the freshman Democratic class presidents, became a whip for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and was placed on three committees. But more critically, her mother was ill and in and out of the hospital in New Mexico.
July 24, 2013
William “Mo” Cowan left the Senate on July 16 and, on returning to civilian life, switched his Twitter handle from @SenMoCowan to @MoCowan. The former Massachusetts Democratic senator sent out this last sweet message under his senatorial names.
July 24, 2013
It’s close to 4 p.m. in the middle of the week, during a hot stretch of summer days. At the edge of Lincoln Park, where joggers and dog walkers are circling, the tiny Italian restaurant Ninnella is bustling. The floor is full of wine crates, lobster and octopus are spread in the kitchen, ice is being shuffled into bins and glasses are being wiped clean.
July 17, 2013
Capitol Hill is getting uncorked.
Jan. 22, 2013
His phone number in the Rayburn House Office Building is the same, and his congressional pin bears an uncanny resemblance to the one he received in 1995. Policy talk is still of budgeting and deficits, he received virtually the same committee assignments and he sees familiar faces in the Capitol’s hallways. But Rep. Matt Salmon, whose last stint in Congress ended 12 years ago, said this time will be different.
July 14, 2012
In a steamy church after a week of record-high temperatures in Washington, D.C., Sen. Susan Collins sat quietly during Sunday Mass on Capitol Hill. She was back in town from Maine early, a habit she’s acquired over her more than 15 years in Congress, during which she has cast more than 5,000 votes without missing a single one.
July 12, 2012
During the routine calling of names on the Senate floor, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) cast her 5,000th consecutive roll-call vote this afternoon, marking a streak with which few Members in either chamber can compare.
June 18, 2012
As the one-time district director for Tucson-area former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, it’s sort of back to business for Democrat Ron Barber. He rode the wave of national attention that came with winning the competitive special election June 12, but now it’s time for him again to tackle the casework, legislation and issues pertaining to Arizona’s 8th district.
June 5, 2012
Unlike most gyms or studios, the rooms at Biker Barre, the new fitness mashup on Capitol Hill, don’t have any mirrors. In the studio for indoor cycling, participants sweat and spin in almost total darkness.
April 20, 2012
Rep. Peter Roskam believes that a tax code overhaul, despite its prickly political connotations, could actually drive Members of varying ideological perspectives together.
March 9, 2012
After 35 years in Congress, the late Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers said, “The first 30 years are the hardest.” Sen. Barbara Mikulski doesn’t see the challenges diminishing anytime soon.
Feb. 3, 2012
Rep.-elect Suzanne Bonamici's last name translates to "good friends" in Italian. The newest member of the Democratic Caucus hopes her state legislative experience proves that Democrats and Republicans can not only be friends, but can actually accomplish things.
Dec. 16, 2011
A former college football player, freshman Rep. Jeff Denham isn't exactly someone who blends into a crowd. In the halls of the Capitol, he's likely to have other Members around him, a team of sorts.
Oct. 31, 2011
On the quiet fourth floor of the Cannon House Office Building, Rep. Randy Hultgren is in a rather uncomfortable situation with his neighbor, Rep. Joe Walsh.
Oct. 10, 2011
Like many of the freshmen ushered in by frustrated voters last fall, Rep. Steve Southerland stresses he did not come to Washington, D.C., to make friends.
Sept. 14, 2011
Rep.-elect Bob Turner already knows how to deal with controversy, mediation and drama — political or otherwise. The newest Member of the New York delegation is known for helping launch the outrageous, and often bawdy, “Jerry Springer Show.”
Sept. 14, 2011
Rep.-elect Mark Amodei emulates the same conservatism as most Republicans in the House: small government, less federal regulation and vows to not increase taxes.
Sept. 9, 2011
Obscurity is a four-letter word for most politicians, but some Members of Congress build their careers outside the spotlight. The members of the Obscure Caucus stay off the national cable news circuit, spend more time forging relationships with colleagues behind closed doors than elbowing in front of C-SPAN cameras and avoid the kind of innuendo-laced stories that make up so much of today’s political coverage.
Aug. 18, 2009
Now in his 14th term, Republican Rep. Dan Burton is accustomed to easy victories. One of the most conservative members in the House, he has repeatedly garnered overwhelming support from voters in his central Indiana district -- until 2008, when a strong challenger nearly defeated him in the Republican primary.