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August 4, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Bruce Westerman

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., talks about good Southern cooking and all things Arkansas. Full story

July 28, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Linda Sánchez

Sánchez is a fan of the movie Nacho Libre (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sánchez is a fan of the movie “Nacho Libre.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Linda T. Sánchez talks about her family, baseball and her favorite movie.

Q: You grew up in a family of seven. What’s that like? Full story

July 21, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Gary Palmer

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., talks about living in the Capitol, baseball and Led Zeppelin. Full story

July 14, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Ruben Gallego

Gallego would go back to being on active duty in the Marines if not in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gallego would go back to being on active duty in the Marines if not in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, freshman Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., talks about his favorite food, baseball and “The Walking Dead.” Full story

July 7, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Will Hurd

Hurd, left, is a fan of District Taco. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hurd, left, is a fan of District Taco. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, tells us about the CIA and shooting hoops, and reveals his love of breakfast tacos.

Q. You worked at the CIA for nine years. What was the best part?

The best part of working at the CIA really was being in exotic places and dealing with the most important national security issues of the day. And being around a bunch of people who were, you know, “Yes was the answer; what was the question?” [types]. Really high-speed, low-drag folks.

Q. As a Texan, I have to assume that you love a good barbecue. Have you had any luck finding good barbecue in Washington, D.C., or do you have a favorite place to eat here?

Hill Country. Hill Country is pretty fantastic. The guy who started it, you probably know the story already, he spent his summers as a kid in central Texas, about an hour and a half, two hours north of San Antonio. Its pretty good, and they have Blue Bell ice cream, too, which is pretty amazing.

For me, being from San Antonio, Tex-Mex is my favorite. Tex-Mex in San Antonio is very different than getting it anywhere else in the state. It’s kind of like Cajun food in New Orleans. You can get Cajun food other places, but it is so different in New Orleans. When I lived [in D.C.] back in 2000, my favorite place was El Paso Café in Ballston off of Pershing and Glebe [roads.] I’m happy that there is District Taco now, so I can get my breakfast taco fix.

Q. You live just outside of San Antonio. What do you tell people they have to do when they visit?

Well, you have to see the Alamo for sure. You have to eat breakfast tacos — seriously, that’s a must. You got to have a margarita on the River Walk.

A great time to go to San Antonio is during Fiesta. It’s kind of like our version of Mardi Gras. Usually you have to go two-stepping somewhere. … You could even end [the day] with a breakfast taco.

Q. Do you play any sports, and are you involved with any of the congressional teams yet?

I play basketball. I played basketball in high school. My closest friends are these knuckleheads I’ve know since I was 13 years old playing basketball at John Marshall High School in San Antonio. We still play at the same park that we have been playing at for the last 23 to 25 years.

Q. Favorite pastime?

A. I’m a bachelor, so [in] my free time … I’m with my brother or sister, or my parents or my best friends. I love going to the movies.

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June 23, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., chatted about running, good advice and the best thing about California, man.
Full story

June 9, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Ralph Abraham

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., talks about his cats, flying for the Coast Guard and living in the country. Full story

June 2, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Tom Emmer

 

 

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It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., sat down to talk about the cold and all things Minnesotan. But alas, no hotdish. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 5 a.m.
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May 12, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Don Beyer

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Don Beyer Jr., D-Va., opens up about his multilingual upbringing, his automobile history and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 5 a.m.
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April 28, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Diana DeGette

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., tells us about her dream of being a symphony conductor, “Doctor Zhivago” and her talented border collie. Full story

April 21, 2015

Take Five: Rep. E. L. ‘Buddy’ Carter

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. E. L. “Buddy” Carter, R-Ga., talks about being a pharmacist, working out and how his firstborn got his name. Full story

April 14, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Dina Titus

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, the multitalented (and potential Senate contender) Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., talks about teaching, traveling and tap dancing. Yes, tap dancing. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 5 a.m.
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March 24, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Derek Kilmer

Kilmer. Big "Star Wars" fan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kilmer. Big “Star Wars” fan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., discusses his “Star Wars” obsession, the pros and cons of winning a jalapeño eating contest, and teleportation.

Full story

March 16, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Perlmutter coaches congresswomen in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., boasts about the weather in his home state, talks about working out to country rock and the upcoming Congressional Women’s Softball Game. Full story

March 3, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

Takai hosted a luau last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, freshman Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, sat down with HOH over a plate of traditional luau dishes to tell us about his family, orthopedic surgery and mistaken identities. Full story

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