1 Down, 5 to Go: Senate Freshmen Reflect on First Year

Senate freshmen meet the press during orientation in 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate freshmen have made it through the first year of their six-year terms, and they've learned a lot about the world's greatest deliberative body in their roughly 14 months in office.  

The cohort of newcomers, 12 Republicans and one Democrat, had a year-long lesson in Senate procedures and traditions, and many said they learned the importance of relationship-building in a chamber where a single senator has the power to stop proceedings. And they also had some good times along the way. Here are a few of their memories from year one: Cheer Up, Charlie:  "Getting sworn in is just an amazing day," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. But not everyone was so happy about it. She stood with her immediate family for the ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and her grandson, Charlie, who was around one and half at the time was sleeping. When they woke him up to take pictures, he began to cry, and Biden tried unsuccessfully to cheer him up.  

Boehner Says He Asked Scalia to Run as VP With Dole

Scalia, top, is shown at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 with, from left, justices Thomas, Kennedy, Sotomayor and Chief Justice Roberts. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner tried to persuade Antonin Scalia to be former Sen. Bob Dole’s running mate on the 1996 Republican presidential ticket, he recalled after the Supreme Court justice's death.  

“We’ll never know what might have been, had a Dole-Scalia ticket been forged in the summer of 1996," Boehner wrote in the Independent Journal Opinion on Tuesday . "But we do know our nation was blessed to have Antonin Scalia defending the Constitution on the highest court in the land for a generation. And the legacy he leaves is that of one of America’s greatest justices, of any era.”  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

Sessions likes to thank the committee's "awesome stenographers." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”

When Santa Was Fired Before Christmas

That time the U.S. Chamber of Commerce fired Santa Clause. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The holiday season isn't always a time for good cheer, especially when Santa Claus gets fired.  

What say you? What Scrooge was responsible for bouncing St. Nick? Let's take a trip with the ghost of Christmas Throwback Thursday to the Dec. 17, 2007, edition of HOH.

#tbt When Brian Ross Got Tossed

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Some things never change, like how sensitive folks get about reporters and television cameras showing up at lobbyists' swanky holiday parties.

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2015 Thanksgiving Edition

In honor of Thanksgiving, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times this year when food was the only thing on lawmakers’ minds.

#tbt Bobby Jindal: CrackBerry Catholic

Shaan Robert Jindal snoozes in a stroller as dad, Rep. Bobby Jindal, holding daughter Selia Elizabeth, 2, poses with other family members at a mock swearing-in on Jan. 4, 2005. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Gov. Bobby Jindal's dreams of being president came to a screeching halt Tuesday , when the Louisiana Republican dropped out of the 2016 race.  

We at HOH remember him way back when he was a humble member of Congress, checking his BlackBerry at Ash Wednesday services. From our March 2, 2006 edition , courtesy of distinguished alumna Mary Ann Akers:

#tbt Howard Coble Drapes the Capitol in Denim

Former Rep. Howard Coble, the North Carolina Republican who died Tuesday , was a character, known as much for his tennis game and proud tobacco habit as his policy interest in intellectual property.  

And, of course, there were his clothes. Loud madras plaid jackets. Bright yellow dress shirts. Duck hunting braces. Tennis racquet ties. His district had deep links in the textile industry, as did many North Carolina districts.  

#tbt: Boehner's New Rule: Let's Take Five, and Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As HOH bids adieu to outgoing Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, we reflect on a time long, long time ago — when CQ Roll Call's Alan K. Ota filed this story on Feb. 15, 2006, after Boehner was elected House majority leader, and made a few Boehner-specific, tobacco-laden changes:

Barber's Back and 'Completely Disappointed' in Benghazi Committee

Barber said the Benghazi Committee turned into "a political witch hunt." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., was in D.C. for business Thursday, so he thought he would return to Capitol Hill to see the committee he helped create. He was not pleased.  

Barber was one of seven Democrats who broke ranks in 2014 to vote to establish the House Select Committee on Benghazi . And as he sat in the hearing room, watching lawmakers question former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was "completely disappointed." "At the time it seemed like a really good idea to me that we would have another look, and hopefully a bipartisan look," Barber told HOH in the Speaker's Lobby Thursday evening. "Unfortunately, I’m completely disappointed, from what I’ve seen before and what I’ve been understanding about it.