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November 13, 2015

Wedding Bells (and Brews) for Jason Dick, Fawn Johnson

Early Tuesday evening, #thistown experienced a wedding for the ages.

Roll Call Capitol Hill Editor Jason Dick and Morning Consult’s Fawn Johnson tied the knot in front of a crowd of friends and family gathered at Atlas Brew Works in Northeast D.C. in a ceremony that perfectly expressed their personalities.

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

NPR’s Sue Davis officiated, and the vows, written by Dick and Johnson, included Latin phrases, references to Kurt Vonnegut and numerous mentions of the Washington Nationals. Instead of a traditional bouquet toss, the bride and groom orchestrated a T-shirt toss, showering guests with mementos from the couple’s vast collection. (Johnson put her crafting skills to good use ahead of time, turning their overflow shirts into table cloths.)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

Guests were treated to a variety of brews, as well as barbecue from DCity Smokehouse and soft pretzels from The Pretzel Bakery before decamping to Boundary Road on H Street. The after-party featured a custom cocktail named after their PG-13 wedding hashtag (#FawnLovesTheD) and made with Pikesville Rye, Capitoline rosé vermouth, St. George spiced pear liqueur and Bittercube Jamaican bitters.

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

The CQ Roll Call family was well-represented at the party, along with a contingent of National Journal reporters past and present and Morning Consult staffers. The happy couple decamped to New Orleans the following morning — on a reasonably timed midday flight.

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)

(Cyra Master/CQ Roll Call)


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September 15, 2015

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Simpson, up to something? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

Simpson: Former senator, current matchmaker, eternal romantic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn’t solve the nation’s financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.

The 84-year-old Wyoming Republican, who held office from 1979 to 1997, is being partly credited for the recent marriage of a New York Public Radio podcaster, Anna Sale, and a wildlife research scientist, Arthur Middleton.

It’s all detailed in the featured item of the Sunday New York Times wedding section. Full story

June 9, 2015

Young at Heart: Alaska Congressman Remarries at Capitol

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Don Young — Alaska Republican, former tugboat captain, collector of walrus penis bones and hopeless romantic — celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, as well as love.

The congressman and sweetheart Anne Garland Walton tied the knot at a private ceremony in the Capitol chapel. According to Young’s office, House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy officiated. Full story

May 19, 2015

Suzan DelBene Helps Aide Get Hitched

(Courtesy Meredith Hanafi)

DelBene, center, does the honors as Zielke, left, and Schmidt, right, take the plunge. (Courtesy Meredith Hanafi)

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s professional family expanded by one this past weekend, after her chief of staff, Aaron Schmidt, went ahead and tied the knot with Justin Zielke.

The longstanding couple did the legal thing on their own, but on May 16 they invited friends and loved ones — including the Washington Democrat, who was asked to say a few words — to celebrate the joyous occasion of their union out on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

According to one of the roughly 140 guests in attendance, DelBene recounted how the two had become one. Full story

December 10, 2013

Menendez Pops the Question in Capitol Rotunda

New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez proposed to his girlfriend Monday in the Capitol, then whisked his betrothed away to the White House to celebrate at the annual holiday ball.

As first reported by Politico’s Mike Allen, the previously divorced pol asked Alicia Mucci — identified by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as a 45-year-old real estate agent who lives in Paramus — to join him in matrimony during a visit to the Capitol Rotunda. Some CQ Roll Call colleagues reported asking a tuxedo-clad Menendez what he was up to on Monday night, but they said the senior senator from the Garden State dashed away without comment.

Menendez’s office did not respond to multiple email inquires regarding further details about the pending nuptials, but Menendez did thank well-wishers via social media:


November 18, 2013

GOP Aide Recruits Tour Companions for Proposal

Senate Republican Policy Committee counsel Michael Stransky not only fulfilled his sweetheart’s wish of finally taking in the breathtaking view from the top of the Capitol Dome, he also convinced visiting tourists to pose as paparazzi during the surprise proposal he sprung on his now-fianceé, Jennifer Pollom.

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

“We had been talking a little bit about it. But I certainly didn’t see the Capitol Dome coming,” Pollom told HOH about the extra-special spot Stransky selected to pop the question on Nov. 15. Full story

November 3, 2013

Joaquin Castro Ties the Knot

Rep. Joaquin Castro wed his expectant fiancee, Anna Flores, Saturday during a private ceremony attended only by family.

“Anna and I have had an eventful and very blessed year. We are excited to embark on our journey together as a family,” the Texas Democrat told HOH via email after making things official in San Antonio.

Castro and Flores, seen here in the Cannon House Office Building earlier this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Castro and Flores, seen here in the Cannon House Office Building earlier this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

According to a Castro aide, the freshman lawmaker is planning a more all-inclusive affair for 2014. “They are planning a Catholic ceremony next summer to celebrate with friends,” Team Castro said.

Castro proposed to Flores earlier this summer.

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