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State Rep. Kaniela Ing Runs for Hanabusa’s Seat
First candidate to announce for a solidly Democratic seat

Kaniela Saito Ing (Courtesy Kaniela Saito Ing/Facebook)

Hawaii state Rep. Kaniela Saito Ing announced he will run for the seat Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating as she runs for governor.

Ing, a Democrat, is the first candidate to announce his candidacy for Hanabusa’s seat, according to Maui Now. He has served in Hawaii’s statehouse since 2012 and was first elected when he was 23 years old. 

Hanabusa Planning Primary Challenge to Hawaii Governor
Democrat giving up safe seat for second time to seek higher office

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is planning to file papers to run for governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa hasn’t been back in Congress for long  — and now she’s planning to leave to once again to run for higher office.

The congresswoman on Friday announced her plans to launch a primary challenge to incumbent Democratic Gov. Dave Ige. Her decision to not run for re-election in the 1st District will open up a safe Democratic seat that Hillary Clinton carried by more than 30 points last fall. 

House Democrats Still Want Leadership Changes After Re-Electing Pelosi
Many members want to see truly elected positions, not appointed and confirmed

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, flanked by Democratic House leaders, speaks to reporters following the House Democrats’ leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats decided Wednesday they aren’t ready to change the top rung of their leadership, but many are still hankering for something new after re-electing Nancy Pelosi minority leader for the 115th Congress.

Some of that change is expected to come Thursday as the caucus meets to discuss proposals for amending internal rules that will result in an expanded leadership team — the exact structure of which is up for debate. Other winds of change will likely arise in the coming months and years.

Newly Elected House Members Arrive for Orientation
Monday marked the start of orientation for representatives elected on Nov. 8

Rep.-elect Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel for orientation. Rochester will be the first woman and African American to represent the state in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

New member orientation kicked off Monday in Washington. The traditional welcome program for newly elected members of Congress began with the freshman class checking in to the Capitol Hill Hotel.

Orientation continues through Wednesday, takes a break for Thanksgiving recess, and starts back up on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 1.

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa returns to the House seat she vacated in 2014 to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

Democratic Ex-Rep. Hanabusa Takes Back Hawaii's 1st District Seat
Wins seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Mark Takai

Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is headed back to Congress after winning her race in Hawaii's 1st District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa had not planned to run for Congress again.

That changed when 1st District Democratic Rep. Mark Takai died in July, creating an open seat. After losing a Senate bid in 2014, it appeared that Hanabusa’s run in Washington was over, but a landslide victory earlier this year in a seven-way Democratic primary changed that.

The House's Fresh Face Already Taking Shape
Partisan districts mean 29 open-seat winners are for sure, and they're a diverse lot

Those who would revive the moribund term limits movement as a prod against congressional dysfunction, Donald Trump newly among them, might be surprised at this statistic:

Come January, 11 percent of the members of the House of Representatives will be brand new — at an absolute minimum. They’ll be the 46 freshmen who have secured open seats, meaning their elections had nothing to do with anti-incumbent sentiment.

Word on the Hill: Miley in Virginia for Clinton
Staffer shuffles and Capitol flyover

Miley Cyrus will make an appeal to millennial voters for Hillary Clinton at George Mason University on Saturday. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images file photo)

Get out the vote, wrecking ball-style.

Singer Miley Cyrus is campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., at George Mason University on Saturday.

Word on the Hill: Staffers Share Resumes
Paul plays with babies and where to watch Monday's debate

Prepare for staffer movements this election season with the resume bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Democrats’ official online resume bank has been relaunched, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., announced. Staffers can not only submit their resumes but they can also browse new job openings on the announcements board as the transition to the 115th Congress approaches.

First launched in 2012, the site has received 7,000 resume submissions in the years since, and has helped increase diversity in hiring with more than 2,600 queries performed on the demographics data field when House staff browse resumes, according to Hoyer's press release. 

Photos of the Week: Trump, Pence Roll Through Town, Library of Congress Gets Historic Leader
The week of Sept. 12 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Donald Trump, center, at a campaign event with veterans at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, where the Republican presidential nominee stated that he believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The week in Washington was capped off Friday with a visit by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Roll Call was in New Hampshire last weekend covering lawmakers on the campaign trail. This week, Trump's vice presidential candidate Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill and met with congressional Republicans. Members of the media got a sneak peek at the National Museum of African American History and Culture — opening to the public on Saturday, Sept. 24. And the Library of Congress got a new, and historic, leader. Carla Hayden will be the first female and first African American to helm the library.