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An Immigrant’s Path to Congress: Ruben Kihuen’s First Year in Photos
Roll Call looks at the Nevada Democrat’s journey from the campaign trail to D.C.

OCT. 19, 2016: Ruben Kihuen, then a Democratic candidate for Nevada’s 4th District, shakes hands with demonstrators in front of the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas during the Culinary Union’s Wall of Taco Trucks protest — the day of the final presidential debate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Every two years, a new crop of freshmen descends on Washington and every two years, Roll Call follows one such member through their first year. 

For the 2016 election, Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen was one of only several Democrats to unseat a House Republican. His story is similar to those of millions of Americans — his family came to the U.S. seeking a better life — but on Nov. 8, 2016, he became the first formerly undocumented person to be elected to Congress (along with New York Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat, who was elected the same day). Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Kihuen’s dreams of playing professional soccer were dashed by an untimely injury. It was then that he turned his attention to politics. 

Ethics Committee Announces Probe of Guam Delegate
Inquiry of Madeleine Bordallo involves island nation living situation

The House Ethics Committee announced it was probing Del. Madeleine Bordallo of Guam, which her staff said involved a lodging issue.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday it was taking up a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics on a matter involving Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo.

Bordallo’s spokesman, Adam P. Carbullido, said the matter relates to an inquiry regarding her living arrangement on the island.

Word on the Hill: How Is the House of Cards Binge-Watch?
State Department briefing for staffers

Kevin Spacey, left, and Michael Kelly return for season five of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” (Pete Souza/Facebook)

How far have you gotten on the new season of “House of Cards”?

Netflix released the fifth season of its Emmy-nominated Washington scandal show Tuesday. There are 13 new episodes, so get watching to see what Frank and Claire Underwood are plotting this time.

Photos of the Week: Biden Schmoozes Through Last Swearing-In, Pence and Obama on the Hill
The week of Jan. 3 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. greets Barbara Grassley, wife of Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, during the swearing-in ceremony in the Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY BILL CLARK AND TOM WILLIAMS

The 115th Congress has officially convened and members have been sworn in. While Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is officially on his way out, he didn’t go quietly. His last Senate swearing in was filled with hugs, stories, selfies, and, yes, kisses.

House Members Seek Rules Changes on Ousting Speaker, Moments of Silence
Rules Committee hears ideas from members as it considers changes for 115th Congress

One House rules change under consideration would target the process the House Freedom Caucus used to pressure former Speaker John Boehner to resign. (Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

House members, frustrated by events such as conservatives' effort to oust former Speaker John A. Boehner and congressional inaction after multiple mass shootings, proposed changes to the Rules Committee Wednesday to prevent such scenarios from occurring in the 115th Congress. 

Wednesday's discussion on House rules that should be amended for the next Congress follows an April hearing on proposed changes to the appropriations process. Rules and Organization of the House Subcommittee Chairman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, said that he may hold another hearing, but that at a minimum he plans to continue discussing ideas with his colleagues.