Skip to content

#TBT: D.C. Press Throws ‘Circus’ to Welcome New Congress

(CQ Roll Call File)
(CQ Roll Call File)


On Feb. 12, 1989, Roll Call published a photo page recounting the Washington Press Club Foundation’s party to welcome the 101st Congress. The club hosted a “circus,” hiring the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to entertain new and returning members.  

Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Ore., seemed a bit apprehensive about being “dusted” by a clown.  


Patricia Schroeder
(CQ Roll Call File)


Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., were photobombed by a clown sporting an afro.  


Barbara Mikulski
(CQ Roll Call File)


Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., stole the show with his own circus tricks, such as juggling. Apparently, clown Aaron Tudor was not appreciative of the added entertainment.  


Alan Simpson
(CQ Roll Call File)


Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

Recent Stories

Figures, Dobson win runoffs in redrawn Alabama district

Fundraising shows Democrats prepping for battle in both chambers

Senate readies for Mayorkas impeachment showdown

Panel pitches NDAA plan to improve troops’ quality of life

Biden pitches tax plan in Pennsylvania as Trump stews in court

Supreme Court questions use of statute against Jan. 6 defendants