Newly elected representatives went through the tradition Wednesday of drawing lots for their new office spaces. Scripps Howard Foundation Wire followed three new members: Ted Lieu,D-Calif.,Barbara Comstock,R-Va.,and Ken Buck,R-Colo.
WASHINGTON – Fifty-five freshman House members gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to accomplish one important piece of business: claiming an office for the next two years.
Freshman members picked a number between 1 and 57 before taking last-minute tours of available offices throughout the House buildings.
Freshman class president and Rep.-elect Ken Buck,R-Colo.,drew near the middle of the bunch with No. 26. He toured offices in the Cannon House Building and Longworth House Building with his wife,Perry Buck; director of communications,Greg Brophy; and chief of staff,Ritika Rodrigues.
Among his top choices were a suite on the first floor of the Longworth Building and two suites in the Cannon Building. But those were quickly marked off the list by members with lower lottery numbers.
Buck chose Suite 416 in the Canon Building – which was on his top-five list.
“We’re pretty happy with it,” Brophy said. “It has good square footage,it looks south,it’s close to the Metro station and it has access to the Capitol.”
Most members tend to choose offices based on proximity to the House floor,Metro station,for accessibility or views of the Capitol.
The fifth floor of Cannon,which cannot be reached by an elevator,is often least desired.
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