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Staffer recognized by HBCUs, and CODEL news

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., walks away from the scene of the shooting at the Republican baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, Va., in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., walks away from the scene of the shooting at the Republican baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, Va., in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On the same day that President Donald Trump was bashing him at a rally in Phoenix, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was honored Tuesday in Tucson by Arizona sheriffs for his actions during the shooting at the Republicans’ Congressional Baseball Game practice in June.

Flake was recognized by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Arizona Sheriffs Association for running from cover to help House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was seriously wounded, and for calling Scalise’s wife to inform her about what happened.

“We honor you for your valor and compassion,” said Mark Dannels, Cochise County sheriff and president of the Sheriffs Association. “We believe you represent the best of Arizona.”

HBCU list recognizes staffer

Shae Ashe, who works in the office of Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Pa., was named one of Top 30 Under 30 by HBCU Buzz, a news site covering historically black colleges and universities. Ashe is running for the Norristown Area School District board in November. He won his primary on May 16. The former staffer graduated from Norfolk State University in 2014 with a degree in finance.

Boyle tweeted his support for Ashe, who is his constituent services representative.

Markey leads CODEL to Asia

Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., is currently leading a Congressional delegation trip in South Korea, Japan and China, as reported Tuesday by the office of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. Besides Markey and Maloney, others on the trip include Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. The members stopped at the China-North Korea border and the Demilitarized Zone, were briefed by U.S. military officials, and met with leaders of South Korea’s government and military.


Ryan in self-driving car

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., sat in a self-driving car during a visit to an Intel campus in Hillsboro, Ore., on Wednesday. He toured the area with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and was in the state for a fundraiser, The Oregonian reported.

Banks and daughters throw out first pitch

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., threw out the first pitch at a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game, which is the Class A Midwest League affiliate of the San Diego Padres. He brought his two daughters out on the field with him to help out.

Hartzler takes flight

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., flew with Air Evac Lifeteam, an independently owned air medical service. She took off in the helicopter from Moberly, Mo., early Wednesday and tweeted a photograph.

Happy birthday to …           

It’s a big day for birthdays in the House and the Senate.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., 65.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., 70.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., 45.

Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, 61.

Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., 56.

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., 70.

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