Pic of the Week: Congressional Kick-Off

The Library of Congress welcomed new members of Congress and their family families, friends and supporters at events marking the start of the new term of the 115th Congress last week.

Vice President Joe Biden congratulates new Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester on Jan. 3. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Vice President Joe Biden congratulates new Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester on Jan. 3. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Five new members of Congress – joined by about 800 guests – held receptions in the Jefferson or Madison buildings: Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Maryland), Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona), Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware) and Lloyd Smucker (R-Pennsylvania). Vice President Joe Biden also made a special appearance to congratulate Blunt Rochester, the newest (and only) member of the House from Delaware – a state Biden represented in the Senate for 36 years. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden also stopped by some of the festivities to welcome the new members.

Carla Hayden greets Rep. Lloyd Smucker in the Members Room. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Carla Hayden greets Rep. Lloyd Smucker in the Members Room. Photo by Shawn Miller.

One Comment

  1. Captain H Frith II
    January 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    For a new member the welcoming must be momentous.
    You would think that our House of Reps would have
    a greater turnover given previous surveys of
    Congressional discontent. However, when the voters
    decide to send the majority back they shed their
    discontent and send the them right back to
    continue representing us just as did before unless
    they were convinced the reps are reformed.

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