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The Lighter Side of Congress

Out with the Boehner, in with the Ryan. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With another calendar year and session of Congress wrapped up, HOH would be remiss if we didn't take a look back at what made it all special, from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s parking skills to the richest man  in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa, dishing on where the cheapest sodas were,  from Capitol Police leaving guns in the potty to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., doing 46 pushups . Hill Happenings Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's notorious exercise band accident started off 2015, leading to a horrific eye injury and broken ribs. Reid missed the start of the Congress and when he returned, he was sporting dark shades. He later announced his retirement, and sued the exercise band maker.  

Meanwhile, the Band Perry helped bring in the new year with a performance at the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 13.   That little bit of good cheer soon gave way to the news of Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock's "Downton Abbey"-inspired office décor , which led to a rough week for him and his staff, and turned him into a punch-line at the 71st Congressional Dinner on Feb. 6 , with Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel picking fun at Schock and fellow lawmakers.  

Office Space: John Hoeven's North Dakota Wilderness (Video)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., walks Roll Call through his hunting expeditions, hockey bets and ice jam excursions.

Office Space: Judge Ted Poe's Texas Shrine (Video)

Republican Rep. Ted Poe kicks off the return of Roll Call’s “Office Space” series this week by showing off his love of Texas history, his admiration for The Lone Ranger and a giant toothbrush bearing his name.

Office Space: Hanging 10 With Dana Rohrabacher (Video)

Rohrabacher gives a tour of his Rayburn House Office in 2011. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher gave a tour of his congressional office in 2011 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns next week.

Surfboards covered the walls in his Rayburn House Office Building, along with photos from his political career.

Office Space: Raúl Grijalva's Little Tucson (Video)

Grijalva reads a letter from a child in his district during a tour of his office in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva gave a tour of his congressional office in 2010 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.  

Photos, flags and masks filled the Democrat’s office, each representing parts of his Arizona district.  

Office Space: Peter Roskam's Map Collection (Video)

Roskam gives a tour of his office in the Cannon House Office Building on Oct. 23, 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Peter Roskam gave a tour of his congressional office in 2009 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

The Illinois Republican’s office in the Cannon House Office Building initially had “a large blank wall,” reporter Ali McSherry wrote in the original story. The space was later filled by a “large oil painting created by his wife, Elizabeth … [that] took a year to create.”