Morning Business: What a Guy

Posted July 20, 2009 at 6:26pm

Republicans will unveil the official portrait of the late Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R-Mich.) on Wednesday at the Capitol Hill Club, honoring the longest-serving national party committee chairman in history.

[IMGCAP(1)]Vander Jagt was first elected to Congress in 1966 and was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1974 to 1992. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) and former NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) are expected to give remarks at the event. The portrait will be displayed on permanent loan at the entrance of the NRCC.

Vander Jagt was a member of the law firm Baker Hostetler from 1993 until he died in 2007. Vander Jagt was defeated in the 1992 primary by now-Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R), who is retiring next year and running for governor.

Official Rebellion. Cameras are usually prohibited on the floor when the House is in session, but the chamber passes a resolution once every two years to flout that strict rule.

Today, House Members are scheduled to pose on the floor for the official photograph of the 111th Congress — an act only possible after they unanimously passed Rep. Robert Brady’s (D-Pa.) bill to allow it.

The photo is supposed to take place sometime this afternoon, perhaps after the first vote, said Kyle Anderson, spokesman for Brady, who chairs the House Administration Committee.

The House photographer will snap the picture, he said.