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Sen. Capito Welcomes Granddaughter

Capito now has four grandchildren. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., welcomed a granddaughter Wednesday morning, Rose Barbara Capito.  

Rose is the senator’s fourth grandchild and the daughter of the senator’s oldest son, Charles.

The Lighter Side of Congress

Out with the Boehner, in with the Ryan. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With another calendar year and session of Congress wrapped up, HOH would be remiss if we didn't take a look back at what made it all special, from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s parking skills to the richest man  in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa, dishing on where the cheapest sodas were,  from Capitol Police leaving guns in the potty to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., doing 46 pushups . Hill Happenings Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's notorious exercise band accident started off 2015, leading to a horrific eye injury and broken ribs. Reid missed the start of the Congress and when he returned, he was sporting dark shades. He later announced his retirement, and sued the exercise band maker.  

Meanwhile, the Band Perry helped bring in the new year with a performance at the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 13.   That little bit of good cheer soon gave way to the news of Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock's "Downton Abbey"-inspired office décor , which led to a rough week for him and his staff, and turned him into a punch-line at the 71st Congressional Dinner on Feb. 6 , with Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel picking fun at Schock and fellow lawmakers.  

Rep. Kennedy Welcomes First Child

Then-Speaker John A. Boehner, left, Birchfield Kennedy, and Kennedy pose during Kennedy's ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 3, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another heir to the Kennedy legacy was born Tuesday: Eleanor Kennedy. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D- Mass., announced the birth of his daughter on Facebook.  

Kennedy and his wife, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, have been married since December of 2012 and this is the couple’s first child.  

Congressman Adopts Baby Girl

Schweikert brought his newly adopted daughter to a fundraiser before Christmas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., received a very special present this year: a baby girl.  

Schweikert’s daughter, Olivia, arrived three months ago, according to the Arizona Republic , but he and his wife chose not to announce it right away. Schweikert brought her to a holiday fundraiser in Scottsdale on Dec. 21.  

Kevin Yoder's Newest Addition

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder's office)

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and his wife Brooke added to their family earlier this month, with the birth of their second daughter. Eloise Jane — Yoder's office said her name is inspired by two of her great-grandmothers — arrived at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She measured about 21 inches long and weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and joins sister Caroline Lucille. 

Later that week, Yoder released the following statement: "Brooke and I could not be happier to announce the addition of Eloise Jane to our family and Caroline is thrilled to be a big sister. We want to thank all of the great health care providers at Shawnee Mission Medical Center who helped deliver her in good health. Our own little slugger is truly a blessing and we were thrilled she was brought into a world where the Royals are World Champions.”

More Adventures in Babysitting With Members of Congress

Everybody wants a turn with Rep. Tammy Duckworth's baby.  

The last time the Illinois Democrat's six-month-old was seen in the Speaker's Lobby, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., was showing her off to the congressional press corps and didn't seem particularly inclined to give her back when Duckworth emerged from the chamber.  

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Connolly, perhaps prepping for future babysitting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became "Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request" Day.  

The Virginia Democrat was having the time of his life in the Speaker's Lobby during the late-morning vote series, holding court and showing off Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth's baby girl .  

Rep. Raul Ruiz Welcomes Twin Girls

Ruiz with his wife, Monica, and twins Sky and Sage. (Photo courtesy Rep. Raul Ruiz)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, the California Democrat and doctor known for saving ailing passengers on airplanes , can now add a new role to his resume: dad.  

Ruiz and his wife, Monica, welcomed twin daughters, Sky and Sage, over the weekend, his office announced Monday afternoon.  

Duckworth Back at Work Following Maternity Leave

The new mom back at work: Duckworth with baby Abigail (Courtesy Twitter).

Congress has yet another working mom to add to its ranks.  

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is back at work after giving birth to daughter Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey in November.  According to her office, Duckworth took 12 weeks paid maternity leave and returned to work at the district office at the end of last month. While on leave, she was able to take brief trips to D.C. for her swearing-in and the signing of the Clay Hunt veterans suicide prevention bill earlier this month, but this is her first full week back on Capitol Hill. It was also Abigail's first plane ride, which, according to Duckworth's office, went quite well.