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Ten random things: February 4

Ten former Congressional staffers who are now United States Senators:

  1. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)
  2. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
  3. John Thune (R-S.D.)
  4. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
  5. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  6. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  7. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.)
  8. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
  9. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
  10. Jim Webb (D-Va.)
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch announced yesterday that he would nominate Bonnie Newman to the seat being vacated by Sen. Judd Gregg, who President Obama has nominated to be his Secretary of Commerce and for whom she served as chief of staff when he was in the U.S. House of Representatives. Once she is sworn in, she will be the fourteenth former Congressional staffer currently serving in the U.S. Senate. (The other three are Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).) Two others, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Kay Hagen (D-N.C.), worked as interns, and another two, John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah), were Congressional liaisons, for the U.S. Navy and the Department of Transportation respectively. Now, I worked for the Senate for about five years, and while I certainly enjoyed it, nothing about it made me want to be a Member of Congress myself. Quite the opposite, in fact. It's pretty much a thankless job.
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