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January 6, 2016

Sen. Capito Welcomes Granddaughter

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 02: Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., attends the "Empowering Leaders for the Future" 2015 Women's Summit hosted by the RNC at the Willard Hotel, October 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capito now has four grandchildren. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., welcomed a granddaughter Wednesday morning, Rose Barbara Capito.

Rose is the senator’s fourth grandchild and the daughter of the senator’s oldest son, Charles. Full story

December 29, 2015

Rep. Kennedy Welcomes First Child

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 3: From left, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, and Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., pose during Kennedy's ceremonial swearing-in in the Capitol on Thursday, January 3, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Then-Speaker John A. Boehner, left, Birchfield Kennedy, and Kennedy pose during Kennedy’s ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 3, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another heir to the Kennedy legacy was born Tuesday: Eleanor Kennedy. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D- Mass., announced the birth of his daughter on Facebook.

(Facebook)

(Facebook)

Kennedy and his wife, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, have been married since December of 2012 and this is the couple’s first child.

“Lauren and I are so happy to announce that our daughter Eleanor (Ellie) arrived this morning! Her mom is doing great and her dad can’t stop smiling. We are so grateful for all of the love and support we’ve received and can’t wait to introduce her to everyone in the new year!” he wrote on Facebook.

The son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, Kennedy and his twin brother, Matt, were born in 1980. The former Peace Corps volunteer was first elected to Congress in 2012. Lauren, a health policy lawyer, was a fellow student at Harvard Law School and the couple met in a class taught by now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

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December 18, 2015

Santa, Elves Spotted in Dirksen

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 20: Santa Claus entertains children from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast during the 14th annual holiday hosted the Capitol Police in Dirksen Building. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Once a year, Santa and his elves take over the U.S. Capitol Police department.

On Friday, Capitol Police threw their annual holiday party, dressing up as St. Nick’s helpers and escorting 60 children from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C., to the Senate. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 1:57 p.m.
HillSide, Kiddies

December 15, 2015

Toy Drives From Both Sides of the Aisle

Santa Claus knows no partisanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Santa Claus knows no partisanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Groups from opposite sides of the political spectrum are holding toy drives Tuesday, making sure Santa knows no partisan boundaries.

In Washington, Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Karen Bass, D-Calif.; and Dina Titus, D-Nev., are teaming up for the Capitol Hill Toy Drive to benefit the National Foster Young Institute. The group gives toys to D.C. area foster children and disadvantaged youth. The drive will take place in the Rayburn Gold Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Full story

November 16, 2015

Kevin Yoder’s Newest Addition

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder's office)

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder’s office)

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and his wife Brooke added to their family earlier this month, with the birth of their second daughter. Eloise Jane — Yoder’s office said her name is inspired by two of her great-grandmothers — arrived at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She measured about 21 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and joins sister Caroline Lucille.  Full story

November 2, 2015

Hill Staffer Searches for Her Daughter’s Cure

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Ellie McGinn at the Capitol. (Courtesy of “A Cure for Ellie” Facebook page)

When Pope Francis looked down from the Speaker’s Balcony of the Capitol in September and blessed the children in the massive crowd on the West Lawn, 7-year-old Ellie McGinn was among those the pontiff called “the most important ones here.”

Thanks to Emily Schillinger, a family friend working in then-Speaker John A. Boehner’s office, McGinn was gifted a ticket for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was just one of numerous examples of a bipartisan assortment of friends doing what they can to help a little girl living with a genetic and potentially terminal disease — one for which there is no cure.

At least not yet. Full story

September 24, 2015

Living La Vida Pope-ah

Kids sporting homemade mitres made their way to Capitol Hill to catch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Kids sporting homemade mitres made their way to Capitol Hill to catch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

They flowed in from all over to see and hear Pope Francis speak his mind to our elected leaders, a flood of modern pilgrims ready to take instruction from the Holy See’s point man.

Tens of thousands of folks made their way to the Capitol Thursday to witness the pontiff’s appearance before a joint session of Congress, braving congested security checkpoints and prolonged exposure to a glaring sun to bear witness to the rarest of occasions — the ultimate confluence of church and state. Full story

September 17, 2015

LaHoods Take The Hill

Speaker John A. Boehner greets Rep. Darin LaHood during a swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol before the actual one on the House floor. Also pictured are LaHood's his sons Teddy, 8, McKay, 13, and wife Kristen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner greets Rep. Darin LaHood during a swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol before the actual one on the House floor. Also pictured are LaHood’s his sons Teddy, 8, McKay, 13, and wife Kristen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The LaHoods were in full force on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

On the chamber floor, Darin was being sworn in as the next Republican to represent Illinois’ 18th congressional district, shaking hands with new colleagues and casting his first vote as a member of the House.

Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 5:14 p.m.
#tbt, DC, Freshman, Kiddies, Reps

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

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