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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

February 9, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Tom MacArthur

MacArthur rubbed his head for good luck during the House office lottery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

MacArthur rubbed his head for good luck during the House office lottery. (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. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., tells us about his favorite beaches outside of Jersey, and his preferred music not including Springsteen (Spoiler: He couldn’t keep himself from mentioning his love of the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen). And since we wanted to clarify something, we threw in an extra (bonus!) question.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Jersey shore — and where do you get the best boardwalk food and experience? Full story

By Clark Mindock Posted at 3:59 p.m.
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February 3, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Mike Bost

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. Mike Bost, R-Ill., speaks about giving a dog mouth-to-mouth, his love of cruises and how he came to be the owner of a beauty salon.

Q. As a firefighter, did you ever save kittens from a tree?  Full story

By Clark Mindock Posted at 5 a.m.
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January 13, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Mimi Walters

(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. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., talks about boogie boarding, heading to Mammoth and a few of her favorite things. Full story

January 6, 2015

Take Five: Ted Lieu

(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.-elect Ted Lieu, D-Calif., House Democrats’ freshman class president, talks about his turbo technology, hotel points and celebrities in prison. Full story

July 21, 2014

Take Five: Rep. Cheri Bustos

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(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. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., speaks about her career as a journalist at the Quad-City Times and growing up in the Land of Lincoln among politicians right at her kitchen table. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Q: You earned a master’s degree in journalism and worked as an investigative reporter in Illinois. What was it like?

A: I believe that every day, you could walk into the newsroom and you were in the position to make a difference. I’m a pretty competitive person. My goal every day was to make sure I was making a difference in the community but also to have the above-the-fold, banner story as many days as I possibly could.

Q: You grew up around politics. Your dad was a chief of staff to Sens. Paul Simon and Alan Dixon. What lessons did you pick up from being around politics at such an early age?

A: Sitting around our kitchen table from a very early age on, we talked politics and we talked policy. Never once can I ever remember my dad saying, “Go away, this is an adult conversation.” I could sit around and listen to these guys as long as I wanted to listen to them.

Q: You recently spent Mother’s Day in Afghanistan. What was your biggest takeaway from it?

The most moving part of it was to sit down with our American troops on Mother’s Day when they were away from their children. … If there’s something that has meant a lot to me during my short time here in Washington, it is getting to know a lot of veterans and those who serve to a level that I have a deeper understanding of the sacrifices they’ve given for the country and what their families have given.

Q: You were MVP of the 2013 Congressional Softball Game. How do you keep in shape?

A: I get up at 4:30 a.m. pretty much every morning during the week. I work out for an hour and a half. I do weights and I ride the bike, I run or I play tennis. It’s my release.

Q: You’re finishing your first term in Congress. What advice could you give to incoming freshmen?

A: Have great people around you because this is very much a team effort. If there’s any success that I’ve had, it is a direct reflection of the people I work with. We have a very smart team and an extremely hardworking team, both here in Washington and back in Illinois. We all understand why we’re here.

By Cady Zuvich Posted at 4:06 p.m.
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April 14, 2014

Take Five: Pedro R. Pierluisi

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

This week, Puerto Rico’s Democratic representative in Congress, Res. Cmmsr. Pedro R. Pierluisi, discusses his trip on Air Force One and working as a staffer.

Q. While you were attending law school at GWU, you worked as an aide to then-Res. Cmmsr. Baltasar Corrada del Río. How did working as a congressional staffer prepare you for returning to Capitol Hill as a member of Congress?

A. I remember walking with him at a fast pace, in between the office and committee hearing room and trying to talk to him about this or that. And seeing the way that he handled himself — always welcoming people from Puerto Rico. What I do when people come in — the way I run this office — is similar to the way he ran it.

Q. After serving as Puerto Rico’s attorney general for four years, you practiced law in the private sector for a decade. Why did you decide to run for public office again?

A. I was approached by then-Res. Cmmsr. Luis Fortuño — he was going to be running for governor. He approached me and proposed that we run as a ticket from day one. Two out of [my] four [children] had already graduated from college. So I had two out of four and I said, “Well, if I’m going to ever do it, let me do it now.”

Q. You were one of five children, so can you describe what it was like growing up in a large family?

A. I was the middle child so I was a bit spoiled by my mother. … When I was in her belly she had an oven — estufa — a stove that blew up. And she was like six months pregnant or something like that when it happened. And she burned herself badly so she was so worried about me. And so when I was born it was like a gift of God that I was alive and well.

Q. In 2011, President Barack Obama visited Puerto Rico, the first sitting president to do so since John F. Kennedy. What is your fondest memory from his trip?

A. My Air Force ride back with him. I came back with him, pretty much on our own with a couple of people and the Secret Service. And you know he was in his office and so on and I was at the VIP area having dinner, watching a movie. Right after the movie ended, the president comes in.  So he says, “So did you have a good time?” “Yeah the dinner was great, I watched a movie.”  He said, “So what did you see?” And I said, “Unknown.”

And then he says, “Is it any good?” And I said, “You know what, yeah, it’s pretty good. But you know this plane is too noisy. I think I’m going to have to rent it at home because I missed half of the dialogue.” So he laughed because I think I’m the first one who’s on Air Force One and I’m complaining about it!  He’s cracking [up] — like saying, “This guy’s a character, look what he tells me!”

Q. What is one thing you would like your fellow members of Congress to know about Puerto Rico?

A.  People from all over the world live in America and you can be an American and yet also be very proud of your ethnic, racial, cultural, roots. That’s Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s what America’s becoming.

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 1:06 p.m.
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