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Gomez Will Fit In Well With Democrats’ Liberal Wing
Newly elected California lawmaker brings wealth of political experience

California Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez has spent his career in politics and labor organizing and will fit into the liberal wing of the Democratic caucus.

Given that experience, expect him to be a major voice on labor and workplace issues. His bill to expand California’s paid family leave was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April 2016.

Net Worth of Leaders Held Stable During Tough 2015 Investment Year
But more than a quarter of top senators and representatives were in the red

Paul Ryan may have ascended to the House speakership in 2015, but closer to home, his personal net worth fell by $1 million.

The Wisconsin Republican, who just won the House Republican Conference backing for another term in the 115th Congress, reported a minimum net worth of just under $2 million according to his personal financial disclosure report.

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

Pence Withdraws From Governor's Ballot, Beating Noon Deadline
Reps. Susan Brooks, Todd Rokita both launch bids to replace Pence

All eyes were on the Indiana Secretary of State’s office Friday morning waiting to see if Gov. Mike Pence, who was announced as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's running mate, would withdraw from his re-election bid by the noon deadline.

On Friday, he did just that, filing with the secretary of state to withdraw his candidacy. 

Quiz: Match the Member of Congress With the Landmark, Part II
Which members get to represent these iconic American attractions ?

There's a member of Congress for every monument and historic place in the United States. But can you figure out which goes with which? Match your wits against CQ Roll Call's experts, and see how you do!  

   

Quiz: Which Member Of Congress Represents This National Landmark?
Some Members of Congress are especially lucky

The Empire State Building, the Alamo, the Gateway Arch - they've all got a member of Congress proud to count those national landmark as a part of their district. Can you guess who represents which one?  

Congress Rocks Spotify
Members' choices on music service show some surprises

So, Sen. Mike Lee , the conservative Utahn, likes '80s punk band The Violent Femmes? And Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., mixes in the occasional Beyonce track with his classic rock?  

Those are just a few of the notable selections now that Spotify is featuring playlists from 20 members of Congress, including power players like Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.  

Capuano Files With FEC, But One District Over
The Massachusetts lawmaker frequently runs unopposed and has made this gaffe before

When Rep. Michael E. Capuano filed his notice of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, he indicated that he would be seeking the 8th District seat in Massachusetts. The odd thing is that Capuano represents the 7th District — it's his fellow Democrat Stephen F. Lynch who represents the 8th.  

The Ethics Committee member has never faced meaningful opposition and frequently runs unopposed. Lynch also ran unopposed in 2014, so without new district borders there appears to be no reason for Capuano to file in the 8th.  

Quiz: What Jobs Did These Members Of Congress Have?
Test your Congressional knowledge

   

Test Your Congress IQ: Where Did Members Go To School?
Do you know how many Members of Congress went to Harvard?

   

2016 Won't Beat Many Records for Women in the Senate
The potential freshman class is only close to tying the record for most females

Women in the Senate haven't come very far since the Year of the Woman.  

This campaign season, there's a potential that the number of freshmen women senators could tie the largest class ever -- five in 2012 -- and surpass the largest class of freshman women from one party -- four Democrats in 1992.  

Why Are These 27 Democrats Keeping Their Options Open?

"Which presidential hopeful are you endorsing?"  

It's a question Republican lawmakers have been hearing most often, especially with a Donald Trump in the mix. Democrats have largely been left out of the conversation. While many Democrats in Congress have coalesced around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a few have backed Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, several members of the caucus have not given an endorsement.  

CQ Roll Call Analysis: The Partisanship of SCOTUS Confirmations

Membership in an elite club — current senators who cast votes in the confirmation decisions for all the Supreme Court justices — nearly doubled with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia this month.

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8 th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8 th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

“I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.