John Kline

Rising Stars 2017: Advocates
On the front lines in a new era

Seven advocates made the CQ Roll Call’s list of Rising Stars of 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All this week, CQ Roll Call has been looking at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Retiring Members Make Room for Their Replacements
Rayburn basement just got more crowded

Painters repaint the office of outgoing North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers in the Longworth building last week in preparation for a new tenant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Departing House members are having their last hurrah together in the Rayburn House Office Building basement until their final day in Congress.

They were moved to the Members Service Center, where each member has a cubicles with a computer, two chairs and a phone to share with their decreased staffs.

Greg Walden Endorsed for House Energy and Commerce Chairman
Phil Roe picked to head VA panel

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden will chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Joe Williams and Lindsey McPherson
CQ Roll Call

Rep. Greg Walden won a key vote on Thursday to become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Take Five: Retiring Rep. John Kline
Minnesota Republican recalls retirement advice from James Baker

Retiring Minnesota Rep. John Kline says his proudest accomplishment in Congress was helping pass the Every Student Succeeds Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minnesota Republican Rep. John Klineannounced his retirement in September last year. 

As his time in the House draws to a close, the chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee reflected on his time in office and this year’s elections, and shared some retirement advice he received from a former statesman.

Republican Gender Gap Could Grow in the House
Ideology, not gender, is often driving factor in open primaries

Reps. Ann Wagner of Missouri, right, and Jackie Walorski of Indiana could both run for higher office in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans will be down one woman next year. And with administration picks forthcoming and a handful of female members weighing runs for other offices, the party’s gender gap could grow. 

With their largest majority in more than 80 years, Republicans were mostly on defense in 2016. 

Who’s Left to Fill Out Trump’s Cabinet?
President-elect continues to consider members of Congress from both sides of the aisle

President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be his secretary of Defense. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Updated Dec. 2, 3:31 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has announced who he’ll nominate for several of the high-profile positions for his incoming administration, but there's much speculation about who he'll put in the remaining spots. 

Republican Jason Lewis Elected in Minnesota’s 2nd District
GOP holds on to seat of retiring Rep. John Kline

Republican Jason Lewis is heading to Congress after winning Minnesota’s 2nd District seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Jason Lewis will defeat Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Angie Craig in Minnesota’s 2nd District, The Associated Press projects. 

Lewis led Craig 49 percent to 43 percent with 84 percent of precincts reporting. 

Minnesota’s Mini-Trump in Tighter-Than-Expected Race
GOP’s Jason Lewis is keeping things close in a must-win seat for Democrats

Jason Lewis, Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd District, talks with volunteers at his campaign office in Burnsville, Minn., on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Burnsville, Minn. — When Jason Lewis, a former radio talk show host with a history of making controversial comments about women, slavery and same-sex marriage, won the August Republican primary for Minnesota’s 2nd District, Democrats were joyous. 

Republicans were muted. Lewis, who’s been dubbed a “mini-Trump” after the GOP presidential nominee, wasn’t the party establishment’s preferred pick to hold onto the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. John Kline

Democratic Super PAC Cancels Minnesota 3rd District Reservations
House Majority PAC cuts TV time for 2nd District for opposite reason

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen can point to recent GOP polling which shows him comfortably ahead of his Democratic challenger Terri Bonoff in the state's 3rd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democrats to the House, has cancelled its TV reservations in Minnesota's 3rd District. 

Democrats had touted the suburban district, held by four-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, as one that Donald Trump's candidacy could help put in play. A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll from Sept. 12 gave Democratic state Sen. Terri Bonoff a 40-38 percent edge over Paulsen.