Hudson met his wife while working as a chief of staff. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)
Last December, most of the Class of 2012 was anxiously waiting for January, when the group would be sworn into the 113th Congress. Much of the biographical information on the more than 80 individuals was already well known: For example, Florida Republican Ted Yoho had been a veterinarian specializing in large animal care, and Massachusetts Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III belonged to the most storied dynasty of American politics.
Additionally, nine new members joined this Congress midstream after its start in January — that’s including both those who were appointed to their seats, such as former New Jersey Sen. Jeff Chiesa, and those winning special elections, such as the newest of the new, Rep.-elect Bradley Byrne, who won Alabama’s special election last week. Byrne hasn’t yet been sworn in, and the House currently has one other vacancy because of the death of Florida’s C.W. Bill Young in October.
Some of the more fun details about these new folks took longer to emerge, after interviews, events or postings in social media. Here are a handful of biographical anecdotes (in no particular order) from those new to the first session of the 113th: Full story