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Ron Dellums, a Congressman Ready-Made for the Camera
Some of Roll Call‘s best photos of the late California Democrat

Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., attends the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th winter meeting at the Capitol Hilton in January 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ron Dellums, Antiwar Activist-Turned-Armed Services Chairman, Dead at 82
Former Oakland mayor died Monday of cancer

Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., a former chairman of the Armed Services Committee who later served as Oakland mayor, has died. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, a Marine-turned-antiwar activist who represented Oakland in the House and went on to chair the Armed Services Committee, died of cancer early Monday in Washington. He was 82.

Known for championing progressive social movements before they became popular, his career in politics spanned over 40 years, 27 of them in Congress and four as mayor of Oakland.

The Dizzying Life of Midcycle Newbies
For arrivals in the middle of a Congress, it can be tough to hit the ground running

Conor Lamb waits for Speaker Paul D. Ryan to arrive for a mock swearing-in ceremony in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In April, just a few days after being sworn in following his stunning special election win in Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb strode into the Capitol, hand clutching a coffee cup, as he made his way to the House floor for a vote. But before he could make it inside, a guard abruptly stopped him. Beverages in the chamber, she explained, are strictly forbidden. “You can go through the cloakroom,” she helpfully suggested. Lamb gave a blank stare. “It’s around the corner,” she said, pointing down the hall.

The first few days and weeks for new lawmakers can prove a disorienting adjustment, especially for winners of special elections.

History Shows You Can’t Bank on Tax Bill Projections
CBO figures are no crystal ball

President Ronald Reagan signs the 1986 Tax Reform Act. (AP file photo)

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