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January 2013


Scott Brown: The Return of the King?

If Scott Brown wins Massachusetts' U.S. Senate special election in June he will return to the chamber with the ninth shortest gap in service in history.

The Oldest (and Youngest) US House Delegations in the 113th Congress

West Virginia and Oregon have the oldest multi-member delegations to the House with Kansas and Arkansas the youngest.

The Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract

Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word.

Western Women: Regional Gender Disparities in Congressional Representation

Women have been elected to the U.S. House from western states at 2.5 times the rate as the rest of the country over the last century, with the region electing nearly 1/3 of all female-held seats with just 1/7 of all House seats.

The Birth States of U.S. Representatives (113th Congress)

Eight U.S. House delegations boast an all homegrown membership, led by Iowa and Mississippi; five delegations come in at 25 percent or less including Virginia and Minnesota.

Sanford Seeks 1st US House Seat by Ex-South Carolina Governor Since 1850s

The last time a former governor of the Palmetto State won a U.S. House contest was a decade before the Civil War (William Aiken).

FOX Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences

The favorite news outlet of conservatives ranks just ninth in presser questions in Obama's first term, getting to ask questions at only half the rate of the Big 3 broadcast networks.

Will West Virginia Democrats Hold Jay Rockefeller's Seat?

The party of retiring five-term U.S. Senators has held the seat 83 percent of the time in the next election since popular vote Senate contests began a century ago.

The Literary Namesakes of US Congressmen

One of your ancestors might have been represented by James Joyce, John Milton, Thomas Eliot, or John Dryden on Capitol Hill.

Strickland Out in 2014 Following 2nd Biggest Incumbent Tumble in Ohio History

Only one other governor has suffered a bigger decline in support in a reelection bid than Strickland in 2010 out of 40 such gubernatorial incumbents since the birth of the two-party system 180+ years ago.

Longest US Senate Service by State Delegation (113th Congress)

One state delegation has more experience in the Senate than 37 other U.S. Senators combined.

Massachusetts to Hold Senate Elections at Rate Not Seen in 50+ Years

It has been more than 50 years since a state has held three Senate elections in three consecutive years or four Senate contests over a five-year span.

Paulsen's Pathway? Minnesota Senators Who First Served in the House

Will he or won't he? Until we know for sure, here is a profile of the nine U.S. Senators from the Gopher State who previously served in the nation's lower legislative chamber.

Grassley and Harkin Become #5 Longest-Serving Senate Duo

At 28 years and counting, Iowa's U.S. Senate delegation has served longer than all but four other pairs and has notched the second-longest period among members of different parties.