May 16th, 2006
11:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Trivia: The Mother of All Contests

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While most of America was paying tribute to motherhood this weekend, faithful Grind readers were cloistered away with their Almanacs of American Politics as well as the collective works of Dr. Spock all to pursue a dream: to win the first-ever Morning Grind Mothers' Day Quiz.

That honor, as well as the highly coveted 2004 commemorative CNN Reporter's Notebook, goes to one Kenneth Schultz of Cambridge, Massachusetts. We should note that Schultz is a former CNN intern, but was unpaid and currently has no official affiliation with The Most Trusted Name in News. Former Intern Kenny answered four out of five questions correctly, as did CNN's Chuck Hurley. Chuck is ineligible for the prize, but is probably resourceful enough to find his own commemorative notebook.

For the less resourceful among you, here are the answers:

Q: Who was the first member of Congress to give birth while in office?
A: Rep. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (D-California). Burke, who served from 1973 to 1979, gave birth to a daughter, Autumn, in November 1973.

Q: Name the three senators or representatives who gave birth during the 104th Congress.
A: Then-Reps. Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D-Arkansas), Susan Molinari (R-New York), and Enid Greene Waldholtz (R-Utah).

Q: Who was the only governor to have given birth while in office?
A: Jane Swift (R-Massachusetts). Technically, Swift was the ACTING governor when she gave birth in 2001, since she assumed office after Paul Cellucci became ambassador to Canada. So the title of first ELECTED governor to give birth in office remains wide open!

Q: Name two elected officials who have given birth to twins while in office.
A: We at the Grind had two women in mind with this question: the aforementioned Blanche Lincoln and Jane Swift. But alert Grind readers David Byowitz of Princeton, New Jersey, and Miriam Kleiman of McLean, Virginia, both point out that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) gave birth to twins in 1999 when she was serving in the Florida state legislature. Kleiman, a public affairs specialist at the National Archives, also points out that former British Parliament member Tess Kingham and fictional "West Wing" congresswoman Andrea Wyatt both had twins while in office. Kingham, a Labour Party MP from 1997 to 2001, had twins in January 2000 while representing the good folks of Gloucestershire, England. Wyatt, ex-wife of the equally fictional Toby Ziegler, gave birth to "Molly" and "Huck" in Season 4 of the recently axed presidential drama.

Q: Name a sitting female senator who adopted two children in 2001.
A: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). The most popular answer to this question was Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), who has indeed adopted two children, but not in 2001. She adopted a daughter in July 1997, shortly after joining the Senate, and a son while she was Louisiana state treasurer. Don't feel bad if you missed this one; not a single person answered this correctly.


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