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Kevin Brady: A Low-Profile Tax Writer for the Highest-Stress Time
Texan may be the most obscure Ways and Means chairman in such a pivotal role

Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, places books of the current tax code on the dais, during a House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans’ tax reform plan titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in Longworth Building on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Millions of taxpayers, not to mention seemingly all of K Street’s lobbyists, are focused this week on the work of a man precious few outside the Beltway have ever heard of — but who’s among the most powerful people at the Capitol at the moment.

Perhaps expecting Kevin Brady to be a household name is asking too much of the typical American household, where two out of three people can’t name their own member of Congress.

Report: Cummings’ Wife Considering Gubernatorial Bid
Maya Rockeymoore currently leads Global Policy Solutions

Maya Rockeymoore has served in several positions on Capitol Hill. (Global Policy Solutions)

Word on the Hill: Free Bananas
McCain’s reading list, Gosar issues Facebook warning

In 2014, New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel was spotted shopping on Amazon.com while waiting for President Barack Obama to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s Amazon Prime Day, which means staffers can get some free fruit for breakfast.

Amazon’s D.C. banana stand is giving out free bananas from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. outside Union Station, so staffers can grab one on their commute.

New Ways and Means Ranking Democrat Looks for Bipartisanship in Tax Overhaul
Richard Neal says he’s bringing a new approach to tax-writing panel

Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal emphasizes “pro-growth and aspiration” as important themes for Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts aims to counter conservative priorities of President Donald Trump, while seeking a few shared trophies as the new top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee.

An institutionalist who’s finally ascended to his party’s ranking seat on a committee after 28 years in the House, Neal turned 68 earlier this month and is in his 15th term representing Springfield and far western Massachusetts. He’s considered a Democrat whom business can work with and who wants to make a case to working-class voters who abandoned the party last November.

A Stuffed Bear, a Trump Air Kiss and More: 33 Photos That Defined 2016
The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

1. Jan. 5: Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern has his shoes shined by Vinson Gales in the basement of the Cannon Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Bill Clark and Tom Williams
CQ Roll Call

With 2016 almost in the books, Roll Call is taking a look through its photo archives for some of our best images of the year.

Saying Goodbye to the Departing Members of the 114th Congress

Charlie Rangel on How America Changed
First elected in 1970, New York Democrat is in his final days in the House

Rep. Charles B. Rangel looks back on his career in his near-empty office on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

This year’s election taught Rep. Charles B. Rangel that America has changed.

“It’s abundantly clear that the standards that Alexander Hamilton expected to find for candidates for president have been lowered,” the New York Democrat said, speaking of President-elect Donald Trump.

Take Five: Retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel
‘For the first time in my life, I wasn’t thinking about legislation and politics and getting re-elected’

New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel said getting a staph infection made him think differently about his priorities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel, 86, is retiring this month after completing 23 terms in Congress. He talked to HOH about Harlem, his retirement plans and writing to his congressman.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in Congress?

Levin Leaving Top Democrat Post on Ways and Means Committee
Michigan representative wants to make room for younger members

Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., will not seek re-election to the ranking member’s position on the Ways and Means Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Sander M. Levin of Michigan is stepping aside as ranking member on Ways and Means, opening the door to a competition for the tax-writing panel’s top Democratic slot.

Levin, 85, cited two reasons for not seeking re-election to the Ways and Means ranking position in a letter to colleagues.

New Kids on the Block
Incoming freshmen House members include former pro basketball player, a Navy SEAL and a couple of second-generation politicians

Newly elected members of Congress all have interesting résumés.