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June 18, 2015

Team Amash Tackles Hot-Dog Bites Pizza

Rep. Justin Amash conducted a little taste test Thursday, chowing down with staffers on Pizza Hut’s polarizing Hot Dog Bites Pizza.

Per one of the lucky (?) lunch bunch, everyone in the employ of the Michigan Republican who tried the weenie-studded pie dug the snack food mash-up. 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

May 14, 2015

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

For the most part, the experimental projects self-styled baker Christine Martin conjures up on any given weekend wind up in the bellies of her office mates.

Had the itch. #chocolate #caramel #seasalt #staytuned #sunday #cupcakes

A photo posted by Politics to Pastries (@politicstopastries) on

But there was that time one of her homespun treats made its way to the dinner table of the highest-ranking Republican in the House. Quite an accomplishment for a budding pastry artist. Full story

May 13, 2015

Team DelBene Taking Wedding Season By Storm

A trio of aides in the employ of Rep. Suzan DelBene are well on their way to walking down the aisle — including one whom the Washington Democrat is expected to marry off this Saturday.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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November 17, 2014

Going to the Chapel, Gonna Get Married: Roll Call Wedding Announcements

Love is in the air! Along with the holidays comes a season of true love, wedding bells, engagement rings and champagne toasts.

For Hill staffers getting engaged or married, Roll Call wants to know.

Roll Call features Capitol Hill staffers and their nuptials in our Roll Call Weddings feature. Have a story to share? Send it to us! We love posed pictures, white satin, four-tier cakes and clever first dance songs.

Any creative details, please include. And if you met on Capitol Hill, we want to hear all about it. Softball love affairs, intern-staffer matchmaking, late nights at the Tune Inn — romance blooms anywhere and everywhere around the Capitol Dome.

Submit wedding and engagement details through our easy form here.

See more from the Roll Call Wedding archive:

Tiffany McGuffee, Jordan Haverly Tie the Knot
Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain
Wedding Bells for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Randy Florke
Love Sparked From Beehive State: Clay White, Tanya Robertson Engaged
Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn
Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

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August 11, 2014

Tiffany McGuffee, Jordan Haverly Tie the Knot

Press secretaries Tiffany McGuffee and Jordan Haverly were married on August 2, 2014 at the Capitol Hill Club (Photo courtesy Bamber Photography).

McGuffee and Haverly got married on Aug. 2. (Courtesy Bamber Photography)

Two Republican press secretaries have tied the knot: Tiffany McGuffee and Jordan Haverly were married on Aug. 2 at the Capitol Hill Club. Rev. Julian Bermudez officiated.

Haverly, 27, is the press secretary for Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois. McGuffee, 26, is the communications director for Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, who attended the festivities.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and music by guitarist Rich Barry in the Eisenhower Room at the Capitol Hill Club, followed by dinner and dancing in the presidential dining room. The wedding cake had a “Kate Spade-inspired look,” and sat atop rose-gold sparkly table linens to match the bride’s rose-gold Kate Spade pumps.

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June 29, 2014

Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain

And they said it couldn't be done--Assad Akhter proposes to Saira Hussain at the Jefferson while longtime Capitol Hill photographer David Sims get the shot | Photo courtesy David Sims

Akhter proposes to Hussain at the Jefferson Memorial. (Courtesy David Sims)

Assad Akhter planned his proposal before he ever even met the girl of his dreams. He just never thought he’d be able to pull it off.

He knew from the moment he interned in Washington as a college student that “one day I would propose at the Jefferson Memorial.” Soon after coming to work on the Hill as a staff assistant for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Akhter met David Sims, a photographer he decided would be the one to capture the moment. Sims at the time worked for then-Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.

Akhter bided his time until he met the right woman, who turned out to be  Saira Hussain, assistant vice president and counsel at BNP Paribas in New York City. The two had met at a legal event Hussain helped organize in Manhattan. Akhter found an excuse to introduce himself after meandering around in “semi-awkward conversation” at the back of the room.

“She had actually seen me speak at a networking event in the city a year earlier, thinking this would have left her impressed, I asked her what she thought of my performance. … Her response was polite but made clear that she was not exactly blown away by what she had heard,” he said.

Akhter persisted, and the two began dating. Soon after, his plan for the proposal started to take hold.

Akhter, now deputy chief of staff to Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey, needed to get his girlfriend to the memorial.

“I knew she would be less than pleased if I had this moment immortalized while she wore the usual outfit of most memorial visitors: t-shirt and jeans. So I devised a plan whereby I told her that a very good friend of mine was having his wedding in DC and that I was in the wedding party and they were actually taking the pre-wedding photographs at the Jefferson Memorial, thus ensuring an excuse for needing to be there and dressed formally,” Akhter told Heard on the Hill.

It worked. On April 12, while the two were on their supposed stroll for fictional wedding photos, he got down on one knee and proposed.

Sims snapped these pictures, and Hussain said yes. A wedding is planned for this year.

 

Akhter, deputy chief of staff to Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., is engaged to Saira Hussain, Asst. VP and Counsel at BNP Paribus

Akhter and Hussain. (Courtesy David Sims)

Photo courtesy David Sims

(Courtesy David Sims)

 

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 7 a.m.
Weddings

June 25, 2014

Wedding Bells for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Randy Florke

 

Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y. married his longtime partner Randy Florke on Saturday, June 21st. | Photo courtesy Rep. Maloney's office.

Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., married his longtime partner Randy Florke on June 21st. (Courtesy Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress)

It’s not just staffers who are tying the knot.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., married his longtime partner Randy Florke on June 21st. Rev. Fr. Shane Scott-Hamblen officiated at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring, N.Y.

“Even after 22 years together, we’re overwhelmed by how blessed we feel to celebrate this special day with our friends and family. With our three kids by our side, this couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Thank you to all our friends near and far for their love and support as we continue to fight to ensure all families can experience the joys of a lifetime commitment,” Maloney and Florke said in a joint statement.

The couple resides in Cold Spring, NY and have three children together, Reinel (24), Daley (13) and Essie (11) | Photo courtesy of the Maloney campaign.

The couple resides in Cold Spring, N.Y. and have three children together, pictured left to right, Essie, Daley and Reinel. (Courtesy Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress)

Maloney, 47, is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. Florke, 51, is a real estate and design executive in New York City for The Rural Connection, Inc., the company he founded in 1996. The couple resides in Cold Spring and have three children together, Reinel, 24, Daley, 13, and Essie, 11.

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June 20, 2014

Love Sparked From Beehive State: Clay White, Tanya Robertson Engaged

Clay White proposes to Tanya Robertson on the balcony of the Speaker's office.

White proposes to Robertson on speaker’s balcony. (Courtesy Allison Barker)

It didn’t take long for Clay White to decide that Tanya Robertson was the girl for him.

It was “love at first sight.” Robertson was interning for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. She walked into the office of another Utah Republican, Rep. Chris Stewart and caught White’s eye. White, a legislative correspondent for Stewart, knew he had to take immediate action.

Under the guise of “work,” he made multiple visits to the Chaffetz office before he mustered up the courage to ask Robertson on a date. They dated long distance when Robertson returned to school in Utah. Upon graduation, she became Chaffetz’s scheduler.

Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 12:38 p.m.
Weddings

June 15, 2014

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

Senator Casey officiated the wedding of press secretary, John Rizzo, and Tiffany Wynn, a lawyer at Crowell and Moring.

John Rizzo and Tiffany Wynn cut the cake.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently added a new line to his career summary: Marriage officiant.

John Rizzo, press secretary for Casey, and Tiffany Wynn, a lawyer at Crowell & Moring, were married on May 31 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. John is from Scranton, Pa., and started his career in Casey’s office as an intern. He also worked in the press office of Democratic New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer. Tiffany is from Connecticut and a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown Law.

“My staff and I never thought that John’s dedication to, some might say ‘obsession with,’ press coverage could be rivaled by anything other than sports … that is, until he met Tiffany,” Casey said in his remarks at the ceremony.

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June 8, 2014

Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

Mr. and Mrs. Janelle and Mitch Relfe at the wedding reception on the rooftop of the Newseum.

Married! Janelle and Mitch Relfe at their reception on the rooftop of the Newseum. (Courtesy Vita Images)

From the campaign trail to walking down the aisle —  Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe were married on May 24 at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill.

She is a legislative assistant for Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and he is a recent graduate of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.

The couple met in Boston, while volunteering for Scott P. Brown during the January 2010 special election. At the time, Janelle was interning for Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Mitch worked for Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala. He later worked as floor monitor for the Senate Republican Conference in Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office.

On Dec. 21, 2012, after a year and a half of dating, Mitch proposed on the steps of the Capitol building, at midnight in the rain.

The reception was held on the rooftop of the Newseum.

Mr. and Mrs. Janelle and Mitch Relfe pose outside the Speaker's Office. The couple met while campaigning for Scott Brown and were married on May 24, 2014.

The couple met while campaigning. (Courtesy Vita Images)

“We really wanted a view of the Capitol since it pretty much is the whole reason we met,” Janelle told said in an email, adding that the groom’s cake was in the shape of an elephant, and their tables were named after presidents: “It was a very Capitol Hill/DC wedding!”

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 8 a.m.
Weddings

May 22, 2014

The Return of Roll Call Wedding Announcements

Bradley Thompson proposes to Laura Bowman at the Republican National Convention.

Remember that time Bradley Thompson proposed to Laura Bowman at the RNC in Tampa? We do! (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s that time of year. Wedding bells are ringing. Love is in the air.

Whatever your catchphrase, wedding season is here again (though some may argue it hardly hibernates in the winter) and Roll Call wants to hear from you. We’re bringing back staffer wedding announcements. Did you and your beloved meet on Capitol Hill? Was it love at first sight during congressional softball? Or canoodling over constituent mail? Perhaps it was an after-hours introduction at the Tune Inn, or a late night cutting turf on the campaign trail?

Whatever it is, Roll Call wants to know.

Submit wedding and engagement details to us, and you may see your story written up right here on Heard on the Hill. We’ll gladly take items directly from the couple, or from flacks, hacks, well-meaning friends and/or disgruntled uninvited wedding guests.

Let the festivities begin!

 

 

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 1:47 p.m.
Weddings

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