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August 13, 2015

Just Call Him ‘Grandpa Boehner’

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, shakes hands with John Griffin, age 3, son of Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., as he walks back to his office after a vote on the House floor in the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner reacquainted himself with the younger set in 2013, when he shook hands with John Griffin, the three-year-old son of former Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner is famous for being a softie when it comes to “the children,” so we can’t imagine what kind of tears of joy he shed at the birth of his first grandchild, whose arrival was announced to the world on Thursday afternoon via Twitter:

No photos yet, but the Ohio Republican offered a few vital stats for inquiring minds following a congratulatory tweet from his colleague, House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers:  

HOH hears that little Alistair’s mom is Lindsay, one of Boehner’s two daughters who married in 2013.

A spokeswoman in the speaker’s office confirmed that Boehner is “thrilled.”

 

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July 14, 2015

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)

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SAN DIEGO — Some 50-plus years since committing to drag a deeply divided nation toward a brighter tomorrow, Rep. John Lewis recently turned not to well-heeled donors or seasoned pols for help, but to a roomful of children.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“When you see something that is not right, you must disturb the order of things,” the Georgia Democrat implored the hundreds of kids who gathered on July 12 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to hear from the visiting civil rights icon.

Lewis, in town to promote the second installment of his autobiographical graphic novel, “March,” at Comic-Con International, spoke to a group of at-risk youths who live in a world far removed from the pop culture spectacle. Full story

July 13, 2015

John Lewis Grooms Next-Generation Activists at Comic-Con (Video)

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SAN DIEGO – Rep. John Lewis not only dressed as a revolutionary leader during his second appearance at Comic-Con International, he behaved like one — seizing the opportunity to shape young minds by taking the future firmly in his hands.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The Georgia Democrat returned to the pop culture smorgasbord on July 11 to promote the second installment of his illustrated biography, “March.” Lewis co-wrote the ongoing series of graphic novels, which chronicle the life-threatening situations he often found himself in throughout the civil rights era, with right-hand man Andrew Aydin.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The duo has been working for several years now with artist Nate Powell on a trilogy of books detailing Lewis’ ongoing crusade to vanquish inequality, an arduous journey that’s routinely visited pain and suffering upon the 15-term lawmaker’s person but has never succeeded in crushing his spirit.

If anything, it’s made him stronger. Full story

July 8, 2015

John Lewis Helps Bring Comic-Con to At-Risk Youth

While he’s sure to spend his fair share of time alongside the crush of costumed characters invading this year’s Comic-Con International, Rep. John Lewis has also carved out time this weekend to stoke the next generation of social activists.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Georgia Democrat is expected to make the rounds Saturday and Sunday in San Diego to help promote “March: Book Two,” the continuation of a planned three-part series of graphic novels he first unveiled two summers ago.

While many of the other featured guests are unlikely to step foot outside the cavernous main hall, the 15-term lawmaker is scheduled Sunday to address some 250 local children gathered together by the Elementary Institute of Science. Full story

June 10, 2015

A Day In the Life of a Congressional Baseball Playing Mom

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is looking forward to once again taking the field Thursday for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

She’s also probably majorly relieved to shed the grueling schedule that’s chewed up her calendar since early April. Full story

June 5, 2015

David Lugar Putting Cancer on Notice

David Lugar, son of former Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., intends Saturday to take on his greatest challenge yet: nipping cancer in the bud.

His work as part of the Lugar Hellmann Group has kept the veteran lobbyist busy for years now. But his family’s recent brush with life-threatening illness — specifically, his tween niece Caroline Richards’ battle with osteosarcoma — has caused the coalition builder to do some soul searching.

Full story

May 21, 2015

More Adventures in Babysitting With Members of Congress

Everybody wants a turn with Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s baby.

The last time the Illinois Democrat’s six-month-old was seen in the Speaker’s Lobby, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., was showing her off to the congressional press corps and didn’t seem particularly inclined to give her back when Duckworth emerged from the chamber.

On Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., was holding court with baby Abigail just off the House floor. Wearing a floral headband and a white sundress, Abigail appeared fussy in Dingell’s arms, though she paused in her whimpering to teethe on the congresswoman’s pearl bracelet and later on the edge of her voting card. Full story

May 12, 2015

Gothamite Gaga About Nancy Pelosi’s Devotion to Family

A New Yorker was presently surprised to spot House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mingling with a Greenwich Village congregation on Mother’s Day. Most of all, she adored watching the California Democrat dote on her grandkids.

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“It was just lovely. She cupped their faces gently in both of her hands in turn, leaning in to whisper greetings to each,” our tipster, who caught the public display of affection while attending services at the Church of St. Joseph, told HOH. “Not a side of our politicians often seen.” Full story

April 30, 2015

Youth Ambassadors Bring Culture Fest to Capitol Hill

The International Festival of Language and Culture wraps up its 13th annual goodwill tour Thursday with a pit stop on Capitol Hill.

Members and staff will be treated to a taste of the artistic celebration, which organizers describe as “a genuine cultural Olympiad,” in the Cannon Caucus Room from noon to 2 p.m.

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April 23, 2015

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request” Day.

The Virginia Democrat was having the time of his life in the Speaker’s Lobby during the late-morning vote series, holding court and showing off Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s baby girl.

Connolly held out little Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey so she could be appropriately admired by lawmakers, aides and reporters in the vicinity. The five-month-old, dressed in a pale pink cotton sweater, leggings and hat, seemed to be enjoying the attention almost as much as Connolly.

“She needed a break from the floor speeches,” he explained, giving his new ward a little bounce. “That last one was a humdinger, wasn’t it?” Full story

March 23, 2015

Rep. Raul Ruiz Welcomes Twin Girls

Ruiz with his wife, Monica, and twins Sky and Sage. (Photo courtesy Rep. Raul Ruiz)

Ruiz with his wife, Monica, and twins Sky and Sage. (Photo courtesy Rep. Raul Ruiz)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, the California Democrat and doctor known for saving ailing passengers on airplanes, can now add a new role to his resume: dad.

Ruiz and his wife, Monica, welcomed twin daughters, Sky and Sage, over the weekend, his office announced Monday afternoon.

Full story

March 19, 2015

Special Olympics Athletes Get Face Time With Members

Special Olympian Jason Gieschen shows off his medals during a visit to Congress in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Special Olympian Jason Gieschen shows off his medals during a visit to Congress in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

More than three-dozen Special Olympics athletes from around the country visited members of Congress Wednesday for the organization’s 12th annual Capitol Hill Day.

The athletes were seeking funding to expand the Special Olympics’ school-based program, Project Unify, which pushes for more sports being made available to children with intellectual disabilities across the country. The additional money would also go toward improving the health screening and education for Special Olympics participants. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 10:40 a.m.
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March 18, 2015

Girl Scouts Throw Members a Cookie Party

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital has whipped up the ultimate can’t-say-no event of the century: a fundraiser (duh) honoring lady lawmakers with ties to the civic-minded organization (grrl power!) by plying attendees with custom treats forged from the group’s signature baked goods (synergy, FTW).

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The inaugural shindig — dubbed “2015 Sweet Success: Celebrating 104 in the 114th” — is expected to lure confection lovers to the UPS Townhouse on Capitol Hill from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition to commemorating sash-wearing wonders past and present, organizers have arranged for a dessert cook-off featuring local toques. Full story

February 23, 2015

Congressional Grump Blamed for Nixing Hillside Sledding

Updated: 5:30 p.m. | Capitol Police dashed the weekend fun being had by neighborhood youngsters because one congressional leader appears to be a stickler for decorum.

Following the second wave of white stuff dumped on Washington, D.C., in just a few days, an HOH tipster said sled-toting families on Feb. 21 braved the frigid temperatures for a chance to feel the sting of kicked-up slush and whipping winds while zooming down the West Front of the Capitol.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Until a Capitol Police officer begrudgingly brought the seasonal merriment to a screeching halt. Full story

December 16, 2014

Eleanor Holmes Norton Hosts 25th Annual Kids’ Holiday Party

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will once again open up the halls of Congress to the District’s disadvantaged youth on Wednesday, injecting some cheer into the holiday season by hosting her annual Capitol Hill Holiday Party.

(Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The festive gathering, scheduled to take place in 345 Cannon from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., is being put on in conjunction with the UPO Inspire Foundation, a charitable organization that works to empower local families. According to Team Norton, this year’s gathering will feature gifts for the attending children as well as a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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