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9 New Members Who Previously Served at the Pleasure of a President
Newcomers to 116th Congress bring bevy of executive branch experience

There’s a group of new members of the 116th Congress who have served former presidents, including Reps.-elect Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Colin Allred, D-Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of newcomers to Capitol Hill is bringing experience from the executive branch to the 116th Congress. 

They draw from a cast of former White House or Cabinet staffers and high-ranking officials from the administrations of the past two Democratic presidents. These new members, who once had to defend their administration’s policies, now find themselves on the other side of the table, promising oversight of the executive branch. 

Democrats: Campaign Finance Admission Should ‘Disqualify’ Incoming Congressman
Rep.-elect Ross Spano’s Republican primary opponents are outraged, too

Florida Republican Rep.-elect Ross Spano  and his wife Amie are seen after the drawing for House offices last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Revelations that GOP Rep.-elect Ross Spano violated campaign finance law by taking out personal loans and directing approximately the same amount to his campaign should disqualify him from serving in Congress, Florida Democrats say.

Spano “knew exactly what he was doing when he took personal loans and used them as campaign funds, which is against the law,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement earlier this week. “This matter needs to be fully investigated, and appropriate actions taken.”

Are White Evangelicals the Saviors of the GOP?
Key voting group has remained virtually unchanged in its political preferences

President Donald Trump attended a worship service at the International Church of Las Vegas in October 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Amid all the talk about shifting demographics and political changes over the last decade, one key voting group has remained virtually unchanged: white evangelicals.

According to one evangelical leader, a record number of white evangelicals voted in the 2018 midterms after an inspired turnout effort.

A House Race in North Carolina Gets Curiouser and Curiouser
Who knew the background checks for political work were so lax?

For a while it looked like Republican Mark Harris had squeaked out a win in the 9th District. But there’s something rotten in the state of North Carolina, Curtis writes. (John D. Simmons/AP file photo)

OPINION — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Perhaps North Carolina’s 9th District will have a congressman by January; but maybe not.

You see, there seems to have been a mix-up in the count, distribution and collection of absentee ballots in Bladen and Robeson counties, which make up part of the district — what the state elections board (made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and one independent) called “unfortunate activities” when it first refused to certify the results.

Trump Presence Felt During Poignant Moments of Bush 41’s Funeral
Hillary Clinton ignores president before George W. Bush’s emotional eulogy for father

Former presidents, vice presidents, first ladies and President Donald Trump attend the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, by design, was not about the sitting commander in chief, but there were moments when Donald Trump’s presence was paramount.

The 41st president’s son, George W. Bush, never mentioned the 45th president by name during his humorous and emotional eulogy for his father. But there were moments during his remarks that made clear the deep differences between the elder Bush and Trump.

Florida’s Rick Scott Won’t Join the Senate Until Jan. 8
GOP senator-elect holding onto governor post until Ron DeSantis takes over

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will be the most junior senator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Sen.-elect Rick Scott has opted to remain governor of the Sunshine State until Republican Ron DeSantis takes over, delaying his swearing-in for the Senate to Jan. 8.

His fellow senators-elect will join the chamber on Jan. 3 at the start of the 116th Congress.

Flynn Memo ‘Good News’ for Trump: House Conservatives Spin Mueller Latest
Former national security adviser sat for 19 interviews, provided ‘substantial’ cooperation with special counsel

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows defended President Donald Trump from criticism that could stem from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's sentencing recommendation memo for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After special counsel Robert S. Mueller III recommended no prison time for former Donald Trump official Michael Flynn on Tuesday, House conservatives chalked up the latest episode in the Russia investigation as a win for the president.

“I think it’s good news for President Trump tonight, that this is what it’s come down to,” Rep. Mark Meadows told Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the heavily redacted sentencing recommendation memorandum the special counsel filed Tuesday night.

George H.W. Bush Never Forgot the People’s House
From handball to coalition-building, his bipartisanship is sorely missed along Pennsylvania Avenue today

Members of the military salute as the casket of the late George H.W. Bush is carried into the Capitol to lie in state in the Rotunda on Dec. 3. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — As the tributes to President George H.W. Bush pour in, certain key words keep reappearing: Bipartisan. Gracious. Gentleman. We saw him build that legacy, one small or large act at a time.

Now we’re the president and vice-president of the Former Members of Congress (FMC). But three decades ago, Martin was a House member from Texas the entire time president Bush served first as vice president and then as president. Charles was elected to Congress from Louisiana after Bush’s political career ended; however, he has followed him closely over the years.

Dan Conston Takes Helm of Top House GOP Outside Groups
Conston will lead the Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network

Interns work the phones at the Congressional Leadership Fund office in GOP Rep. Steve Knight’s district in Lancaster, Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The two major GOP outside groups involved in House races are getting a new leader. Dan Conston will take over as the president of both American Action Network and its related Super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, the groups announced Tuesday. 

The move comes after Republicans lost 40 seats in the midterm elections, meaning Republicans will shift from defense to offense in the upcoming 2020 elections. Conston will replace Corry Bliss, who oversaw record fundraising for the group and the creation of a new Congressional Leadership Fund field program with offices in 40 districts. Bliss will remain an advisor to both groups.

Schedule for George H.W. Bush's Funeral Services in Washington D.C.
The nation's capital bids the former president farewell this week

Mike Dean, chief upholsterer of the House of Representatives, vacuums the Lincoln catafalque as work continued Monday for the arrival of former President George H.W. Bush’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The remains of former President George H.W. Bush arrived at Joint Base Andrews on Monday afternoon and services commenced at the Capitol shortly thereafter.

Here is the schedule for the Washington D.C. portion of the services and ceremonies accompanying the 41st president’s state funeral.