Academics Say Higher Education Prepared Them for Higher Office

Economics professor Brat said his 20-minute stump speeches played well with voters because they recognized his genuine concern. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When sociology professor John Trammell ran for Congress in 2014, he was "amazed" by how well prepared he was to be a politician.  

Public speaking, prolific writing, research, the internal politics of higher education and the experience of being critiqued through peer review — all were skills applicable both in the ivory tower and in politics.  

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

McSally is a Republican from Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:14 p.m. | Republican Martha McSally has officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead .  

MsSally won the seat by 167 votes, picking up six votes after the recount, according to elections officials. Barber conceded shortly after the official tally was released.  

Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Barrow lost re-election in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOP’s biggest feats  in last month’s near sweep of the 2014 elections.  

In an exclusive exit interview with CQ Roll Call Thursday — hours before Barrow’s final vote of his decade-long Capitol Hill career — he did not rule out a future bid. “It was an unusual set of circumstances that brought me here, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s an unusual set of circumstances that’s taken me away,” Barrow said. “If an unusual set of circumstances came up down the road, I wouldn’t rule it out."