Heard on the Hill: Notes From the First Day Back

Posted January 5, 2011 at 6:53pm

HOH spotted Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) chatting with his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on the Senate floor, but the elder Paul left briefly and actually missed his son’s swearing-in …

We eyed Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) leaving the Members’ Dining Room with carryout shortly after the House voted for Speaker …

Perhaps not unexpectedly, several Congressional kids dozed off during the lengthy Speaker vote …

Also not unexpectedly, several new Members were spotted asking for directions to the House floor …

When called to be the first person to vote for Speaker, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) quipped, “I vote [Nancy] Pelosi and move to close the roll,” drawing laughter …

Sen. Mary Landrieu and freshman Rep. Cedric Richmond, the only Democrats in the Louisiana delegation, dined on king cake in Richmond’s office to celebrate the new Congress and Three Kings Day …

New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R) are the first bipartisan, all-female Senate delegation, and Shaheen is also the state’s first female senior Senator …