Aaron Guerrero

D.C. Opponents of Redskins Training Facility Get Their Wish

The land on Reservation 13, a 67-acre site along the bank of the Anacostia River, will likely serve many functions in the years to come, but playing host to a Washington Redskins training facility won’t be one of them.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced this week that the NFL team’s headquarters and practice facility in Ashburn, Va., will receive a $30 million facelift. And beginning in 2013, the franchise’s training camp will spend its next eight years in Richmond, according to the Redskins fan blog Hogs Haven.

Take Five With Rep. Kevin Brady

Tuesday is here again, and that means it’s time for HOH to catch up with a Member of Congress. Today, it’s Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who talks about his favorite sitcom and Bob Dylan. Q: As you know, it’s graduation season for high school seniors. What’s your favorite memory from your high school graduation?

A: We had our graduation out on a baseball field, a beautiful spring day. The next week, we had the state high school track championships. And as a co-captain of the track team, to make sure we all stayed healthy and out of trouble, [the athletes] went to a lake that weekend to make sure that we were all ready for the track meet. And I actually broke a toe at the lake and, frankly, ran terrible in the track meet. We all tried to do the right thing and stay out of the graduation scene and I ended up breaking my toe [while] being responsible.

There’s No Time Like the Past

The bedtime stories that lull most children to sleep revolve around fictional characters such as princesses, brave comic book heroes or animals who talk as well as any human could. 

But as a child, Emily Cranfill found comfort in the personal and political life of a certain lawyer from Springfield, Ill. Indeed, Abraham Lincoln captured her imagination more than Clifford the Big Red Dog ever could. 

Take Five With Rep. Marcia Fudge

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) talks about those first-place Cleveland Indians and her favorite dinner spot back home.

Q: You were the mayor of Warrensville Heights for eight years before coming to Congress in 2008. What was the biggest adjustment in making the transition from chief executive to federal lawmaker?

Hill Climbers: World Traveler Settles In on the Hill

Up until now, Natasha Mayer’s professional life consisted of crisscrossing the globe, spending time in areas that many of us see only on TV or a map. 

The recently promoted communications director for Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Mayer seems to have found a place to land. 

Take Five

It’s Recess Monday, when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) talks about his preference for Spider-Man over Batman and the most memorable concert he attended.

Q: Your father was a dentist for 50 years. Did he ever work on your teeth? A: He did. Soft hands.

Easing the Partisan Divide, One Dodgeball at a Time

Democrats and Republicans are used to hurling barbs at each other. On Saturday, they’ll have the chance to hurl dodgeballs instead. 

LivingSocial, the D.C.-based website, is hosting the partisan-themed tournament from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Yards Park in Southeast D.C. 

Hill Climbers: Late-Blooming Staffer Adores Capitol Hill

Kyle Anderson’s career on Capitol Hill got off to a late start. 

The new communications director for Rules ranking member Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) graduated from college in 1989 as a political science major, but he wouldn’t begin his career as a Hill staffer until 18 years later.  

The Hill’s Dirty Secrets
Self-Made Historian Details Scandalous Culture of Capitol Hill

Robert Pohl isn’t your typical historian. He didn’t attend an Ivy League school or decide in his youth that he was destined for a life of studying history.

Rather, his interest in Capitol Hill history came after he moved to the area eight years ago and peaked when he lost his job as a computer programmer two and a half years after that. The loss proved more sweet than bitter.  

Take Five

It’s recess Monday, and that means HOH takes a little time to get to know a Member of Congress through five questions. This week, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) talks about his all-time favorite Keystone State politician and his preference for BlackBerrys.

Q: You were an undergraduate student at Penn State University and a graduate student at Temple University. Did you prefer life as an undergraduate or graduate student? A: I thoroughly enjoyed both times. By the time I did my graduate work at Temple, I had three kids, had been married 20 years, and my children and my wife are blessings in my life, so I would I actually have to pick my graduate work.

For Summer Congressional Classic, GOP Looking for Answers

As Members of Congress begin preparing for this summer’s 51st Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans are faced with two challenges: replacing their longtime pitching ace and neutralizing a rising Democratic star.

Rep. Cedric Richmond wowed both teams with his masterful pitching performance in last year’s game.

Louise Slaughter Breaks Her Leg, Will Miss STOCK Act Signing

Rep. Louise Slaughter fell and broke her leg at an event in New York City on Tuesday.

Following the mishap, the New York Democrat’s office quickly released a statement saying she was in good condition and would return to work when Congress reconvenes on April 16.

Hill Climbers: Surviving a Member’s Scandal

Hannah Walker spent years as a staffer on Capitol Hill, including time in an office at the heart of a scandal. Still, the Memphis native never lost her passion for public service or the institution.

Recently, Walker left her post as legislative director in the office of Florida GOP Rep. Tom Rooney — who was not involved in the scandal — to become the Washington-based director of government relations for the Food Marketing Institute, an organization representing food retailers and wholesalers.

Spring Career Guide: Getting In the Queue

As a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Andrew Biggs studies one of the most contentious issues: the pay differential between public-sector and private-sector employees.

In an interview with Roll Call, he argues that an across-the-board pay freeze simply isn’t enough to close the gap between the two groups and says demand is much greater on the public side than the private.

Take Five

Tuesday is here again, and that means it’s time for HOH to catch up with another Member of Congress. Today, it’s Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), who talks about her introduction to beer and gives advice for student council presidents.

Q: In high school you were student council president. What advice would you give to those in that position? 

Consensus Elusive on Plans for D.C. Land

The District of Columbia, subject to wide-reaching Congressional control, seldom gets to determine what happens to a swath of land as ripe for possibilities as that of Reservation 13, a 67-acre area along the bank of the Anacostia River.

But now that Washington, D.C., officials have that power, they’re finding that they don’t all share the same vision for the area.

LOC Teacher-in-Residence Is Inspiration for Students, Resource for Colleagues

When Earnestine Sweeting began teaching her students about the 1863 New York City draft riots, she carried them beyond textbooks and into history, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The fifth-grade teacher at New York City’s P.S. 153 in the Bronx teamed up with her school’s librarian and social studies specialist to employ a collection of maps, manuscripts, sheet music, sound recordings, books and motion pictures.

Guides to Congress
Members Reject the Notion of the Salacious, Tell-All Memoir By Instead Embracing Their Inner Academic

It’s little secret that many Members of Congress like to write. Some begin working on their books while in office, churning out pages in between committee meetings or trips back to their districts. Others don’t even contemplate writing a book until the twilight of their careers or years removed from it. 

Regardless of when they start, the process of writing the book can be a therapeutic exercise, as legislators, both past and present, reflect about their time in Congress and how best to portray it in prose. 

Take Five

Every week HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) talks about the Crimson Tide in the NCAA basketball tournament, his love of Starbucks and his favorite Southern dish.

Q: Any predictions on how far Alabama will advance in the NCAA tournament this year? A: I haven’t been following the season real closely. I think we’ll go pretty far. I don’t know exactly if they’ll go the whole way. I’m optimistic that they’ll do well.

A Foot in the Door
Rep. William Lacy Clay Learned the Legislative Ropes as Assistant Doorman

Rep. William Lacy Clay spent 17 years in the Missouri state Legislature. In 2000, he was elected to the U.S. House, following in the footsteps of his father, Bill Clay, a fellow Democrat who had represented the same district for more than three decades. 

But the roots of Clay’s political experiences do not rest simply in bearing witness to his father’s career. He gained an invaluable political education as an assistant doorman in the Office of the Doorkeeper from 1978 to 1983.