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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.  

Wedding Bells (and Brews) for Jason Dick, Fawn Johnson

Early Tuesday evening, #thistown experienced a wedding for the ages.  

Roll Call Capitol Hill Editor Jason Dick and Morning Consult's Fawn Johnson tied the knot in front of a crowd of friends and family gathered at Atlas Brew Works in Northeast D.C. in a ceremony that perfectly expressed their personalities.  

Telford-Esposo Halloween Night Nuptials

Telford and Esposo tied the knot (Photo courtesy Kristine Esposo/Katie Nesbitt Photography)

Erik Telford, president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity and publisher of Watchdog.org, and Kristine Esposo, senior director at The Herald Group, were married on Oct. 31 at Saint Peter's on Capitol Hill Catholic Church.  

The two met in typical Washington, D.C., fashion: networking for a job reference. Esposo received an email from a sorority sister asking her to put in a good word for Telford, who was applying for a job at Americans for Prosperity, the organization where she had recently interned.  

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Simpson: Former senator, current matchmaker, eternal romantic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn't solve the nation's financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.  

The 84-year-old Wyoming Republican, who held office from 1979 to 1997, is being partly credited for the recent marriage of a New York Public Radio podcaster, Anna Sale, and a wildlife research scientist, Arthur Middleton.  

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.

Young at Heart: Alaska Congressman Remarries at Capitol

(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. "As I celebrate my 82nd birthday, Anne has given me the best gift anyone could as for -- her hand in marriage," Young said in a statement.

Suzan DelBene Helps Aide Get Hitched

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.  

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(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.

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.  

Aaron Schmidt, DelBene’s chief of staff, plans to take the plunge this weekend with his beau, Justin Zielke, during a ceremony at the Gibson Island Club in neighboring Maryland. The duo carved out a starring role for DelBene, who will preside over the public declaration of commitment (Schmidt and Zielke plan to knock out the legal portion of the proceedings ahead of time) in front of family and friends.  

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 .