Word on the Hill: Byrd is Back

McGinty and Ross join senators in New York; Lewis honored in Philadelphia

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., travels through the walkway from the Russell to the Capitol in May 2010, just one month before he died. (CQ Roll Call file photo)
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., travels through the walkway from the Russell to the Capitol in May 2010, just one month before he died. (CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted September 19, 2016 at 5:00am

The traveling exhibit on the life of late West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert C. Byrd has made it to Capitol Hill.

From Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, the exhibit will be in the Russell Rotunda. The exhibit is full of digital representation of documents and photographs of the former senator in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2017.

Catch it now, because all the other exhibitions are in West Virginia.

Happening today …

Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., are participating in the EMILY’s List annual Ignite Change conference in New York. Senate candidates Kate McGinty of Pennsylvania and Deborah Ross of North Carolina are also slated to attend. (Noon, 583 Park Ave., New York)

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will be honored at the Liberty Medal Ceremony hosted by the National Constitution Center. (7 p.m., National Constitution Center, Philadelphia)


Communications director to Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., Brad Stewart, and associate director of UnitedHealth Group’s external affairs communications, Danielle Varallo, got engaged on Friday night.

Staffer shuffle 

Rep. Scott Rigell’s new press secretary is Elizabeth-Burton Jones. She is replacing Kaylin Minton, who is Sen. Jim Risch’s new press secretary.

Save the date


  • The Junior League of Washington hosts its annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon, at noon at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. Notable attendees: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
  • Pet Night on Capitol Hill hosted by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation and the Pet Leadership Council, 5:30 p.m. in the Cannon Caucus Room. Notables: therapy animals.
  • The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals gala, also known as the “Oscars of government service,” 7 p.m. at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Notables: actor Michael Kelly and NBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.


  • Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee, 6 p.m. at the National Press Club. Notables: Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Reps. Scott Peters, D-Calif., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Mark Takano, D-Calif., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Don Beyer, D-Va.

Photos of the Week

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D- D.C., pinches the cheek of Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup in Rayburn Building, September 14, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call photographer Tom Williams caught D.C. Del. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton pinching California Rep. Grace Napolitano’s cheek during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup on Sept. 14. See more photos of the week.

ICYMI: Sen. Rob Portman did the chicken dance

Happy birthday to…

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., 51.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, 61.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.