Lynn Westmoreland

Tips and calls to the Office of Congressional Ethics spiked last session
More than 13,300 private citizens reached out to group charged with reviewing misconduct allegations

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi receives the gavel from outgoing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in January. The pair announced Office of Congressional Ethics appointees for the 116th Congress on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Citizen outreach to the Office of Congressional Ethics more than doubled in the 115th Congress, but the agency’s pre-election blackout period means they didn’t take action on any cases in the last quarter of 2018.

More than 13,300 private citizens contacted the Office of Congressional Ethics during the 115th Congress, up from 6,285 in the 114th Congress, according to the OCE’s most recent quarterly report. The contacts fall into two categories: allegations of misconduct and requests for information about the OCE.

K Street Eyes Outgoing Lawmakers for Jobs
Premium on figuring out Trump and who knows who

Nebraska Rep. Brad Ashford says he hadn’t determined whether K Street would be the right fit for him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The more than 50 lawmakers who will be jobless in a few weeks may encounter an unpredictable market on K Street, should they consider taking a spin through the revolving door.

Business interests feel bullish on next year’s potentially frenzied legislative agenda, stocked with tax and health care overhauls and debate over new infrastructure projects. But most lobbying groups have a tenuous rapport with the incoming Trump administration and are evaluating their hiring through that lens.

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.

New Member: GOP Dentist Replaces Westmoreland in Georgia’s 3rd District
Drew Ferguson was also mayor of a small town

Drew Ferguson is heading to Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Drew Ferguson will defeat Democrat Angela Pendley in Georgia’s 3rd District, The Associated Press projects.

Ferguson led Pendley 73 percent to 27 percent, with 24 percent of precincts reporting.

Congress and a Tax Overhaul: Lots of Talk, Little Action
Donald Trump's tax return controversy could prompt action — or not

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Is 2017 the year when a tax overhaul finally happens?

Don’t bet on it.

House Republicans Really Love Chick-fil-A
GOP conference has spent $32,400 there so far this Congress

Chick-fil-A is the restaurant of choice for House Republicans. (Courtesy J.Reed/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Have a fixin’ for some chicken?

House Republicans seem to, as evidenced by the thousands of dollars the conference has spent at Chick-fil-A during the 114th Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia Republican has ideas for cutting down on 'nonsense legislation'

Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, center, jokes that he will have to look for a job now. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future. 

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, 66, was first elected in 2004. The Georgia Republican announced in January that he would retire at the end of this term, his sixth in Congress.

Exit Interviews: Retiring House Members
6 retiring members of Congress share what they learned and offer advice

Departing members look forward to retirement and look back on a few memories. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Come January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office.

HOH asked several retiring members to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

GOP Primaries Will Shape Democratic Prospects in Two Must-Win Seats
With Minnesota and Wisconsin Republicans retiring, Democrats have opportunity to flip seats

Democrats are eager to hit Jason Lewis, who's running in the GOP primary in Minnesota's 2nd District, for controversial comments he's made about women and slavery. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two open-seats in the upper Midwest could be key to the Democratic Party's efforts to win the House this fall.

Democrats already have hand-picked their candidates. But GOP primaries on Tuesday will settle whom those candidates will face — and their chances in November. 

Fired, Drowning in Debt, Low Wages and Two Jobs...
Democrats Use Personal Stories to Highlight Policy Changes

California delegates hold Hillary signs along with a few TPP and band tracking signs at the Democratic National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A young woman who was fired for asking her boss why she made less than her male colleague.  

A North Carolina teacher drowning in student debt.