December 22nd, 2013
01:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Millennial lawmakers: Congressional leadership afraid to lead

(CNN) – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, said Sunday that leaders in Washington are afraid to veer from their party bases to actually lead.

Schock also said that younger members of Congress are less "ideologically strident" and more eager to solve the United States' problems.

Filed under: Aaron Schock • House • Tulsi Gabbard • TV-State of the Union
Weekly addresses: GOP says Obamacare fails young people; White House looks ahead to 2014
December 21st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Weekly addresses: GOP says Obamacare fails young people; White House looks ahead to 2014

(CNN) – House Republicans took aim at Obamacare in their weekly address, while in his own weekly address President Obama looked back on recent progress in Congress.

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, in remarks released Saturday, delivered the Republicans’ address from Eureka College, in Eureka, Illinois. He condemned Obamacare as a “bad product” for young people while criticizing the administration for designing a publicity campaign that focuses on attracting millennials.

Meanwhile, Obama didn't mention health care in his address, also released Saturday morning from the White House, but described the progress he feels Congress is making in finding consensus when it comes to the budget and clearing the President's nominations for a number of key positions.

Filed under: Aaron Schock • House Republicans • Obamacare • President Obama
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa
December 8th, 2013
07:16 PM ET
9 months ago

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa

Updated 9:32 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013

(CNN) – More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will travel to South Africa to honor and commemorate former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

House Speaker John Boehner tapped Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, to lead the official delegation of House members to South Africa for Tuesday's service. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Chairwoman Marcia Fudge, will join the official congressional delegation.

Political Circus: No Jane Fonda videos for these congressmen
March 16th, 2011
12:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: No Jane Fonda videos for these congressmen

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

'Bring it'

The Wall Street Journal catches up with some congressmen who are trading in weight benches for a DVD workout described as the "most extreme home fitness training program."

"Every morning at 6:30, about a dozen lawmakers on the P90X A-list gather toward one end of the basketball court in the no-frills, slightly stinky House gym, located near the Capitol," writers Elizabeth Williamson and Patrick O'Connor note.
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Filed under: Aaron Schock • Paul Ryan • Political Circus
May 14th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Congressmen introduce new oil rig safety legislation

 Congressmen introduce new oil rig safety legislation.
Congressmen introduce new oil rig safety legislation.

Washington (CNN)–Amid the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf Coast region, two U.S. congressmen have teamed up to prevent future devastating oil spills.

Republican congressmen Aaron Schock from Illinois and Adam Putnam from Florida introduced legislation Friday that would incorporate new safety and preventative measures that countries such as Norway and Brazil have already implemented.

Their bill, titled the Offshore Safety and Response Improvement Act, would require offshore oil rigs to have acoustic remote control emergency shut off devices.

"The recent calamity in the Gulf Coast has clearly illustrated we must improve our disaster planning and prevention as we mine for fossil fuels in the future," said Schock, who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

"We must correct this situation, and we must correct it now," Putnam said. "Until we can develop new sources of energy, our nation will continue to depend on fossil fuels for many years to come. We must be able to access these resources in a way that is safe and environmentally sound."

Filed under: Aaron Schock • Adam Putnam
January 8th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. Schock gets in 'fender-bender'

Schock collided with another vehicle on an icy road, his spokesman said.
Schock collided with another vehicle on an icy road, his spokesman said.

(CNN) - Rep. Aaron Schock fell victim to the six inches of snow that fell on Peoria, Illinois Thursday afternoon, getting into what his office is describing as a "minor fender-bender" on his way to an event.

According to spokesman David Natonski, Schock skidded on an icy road and collided with another vehicle. No injuries resulted and Schock even made his event on time.

News of the accident broke on the celebrity Web site TMZ, which noted the youngest member of Congress's abs "remained unscathed"

Schock himself made light of the TMZ coverage on his Twitter account Friday – while taking a dig at embattled golfer Tiger Woods.

"Glad tmz is reporting on a car accident that doesn't involve fire hydrants or golf clubs and I'm glad no one was hurt," tweeted Schock.

Filed under: Aaron Schock
September 25th, 2009
02:21 PM ET
5 years ago

FBI stops plot to bomb Schock's office

The FBI stopped a plot to bomb Illinois Republican Aaron Schock's office.
The FBI stopped a plot to bomb Illinois Republican Aaron Schock's office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Aaron Schock said Friday that he was "grateful" to the FBI for thwarting a terrorist attack targeting his office in Springfield, Illinois.

"My office was notified today of the attempted terrorist attack on both the Federal Building and my Congressional Office in Springfield," Schock said in a statement. "I am incredibly grateful to the FBI for their fine work in preventing this terrorist attack."

The Illinois Republican's office was reportedly the "secondary target" of Michael C. Finton, also known as "Talib Islam."

Finton had been supplied with a van filled explosives, which were harmless, by an FBI officer posing as an al Qaeda operative. Finton reportedly then drove to the Paul Findley Federal Office Building and Courthouse, which is close to Schock's office, and attempted to detonate the explosives with a cell phone. Finton was arrested immediately.

Filed under: Aaron Schock • FBI
April 15th, 2009
06:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Schock: 'There's no line of young ladies at my door'

Illinois Republican Aaron Schock sat down recently with Details magazine.
Illinois Republican Aaron Schock sat down recently with Details magazine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock is hoping a recent magazine profile will help him in Washington's bustling social scene.

"'There's no line of young ladies at my door every morning,'" the 27-year-old congressman told Details in an interview for the magazine's May issue. But, "'[m]aybe when they read my Details profile . . .'" Schock added.

The young Republican has come from nowhere to become a rising star in the GOP in just a few months since becoming the youngest member of the 111th Congress.

Schock was voted "hottest freshman" by the readers of the liberal Huffington Post Web site. He was also showered with attention by President Obama, who was hoping to win the young congressman's vote for his $787 billion stimulus plan. (The freshman Republican hopped a ride on Air Force One with the commander-in-chief and attended a presidential town-hall-style event in Peoria, Illinois, but ultimately voted against the bill.)

And Meghan McCain, daughter of former Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, recently showered praise on Schock, suggesting that the young conservative might be the future of the GOP and calling him a "congressman-turned-TMZ hottie."

Related: TMZ focuses on Schock

With all that attention, the spotlight was inevitably bound to turn to his personal life – a subject he discussed with Details. "He's the only one of his siblings not married with children, and is similarly an outlier among friends," the profile says. "'I had a group of fix or six guys, and we hung and traveled – ski trips and stuff,'" Shock told the magazine. "'They slowly got picked off – married, married, married.'"


Filed under: Aaron Schock • Popular Posts
March 31st, 2009
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Meghan McCain: Is Schock the GOP's Mr. Right?

In a new blog post, Meghan McCain discusses Rep. Aaron Schock.
In a new blog post, Meghan McCain discusses Rep. Aaron Schock.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - At 27 years old, Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock is the youngest member of Congress. He's also possessed of washboard abs and has, as of late, become a favorite target of celebrity gossip outlet TMZ. And the daughter of the last Republican presidential candidate thinks he might just be the answer to the GOP's troubles.

Related: TMZ focuses on Illinois Republican

"The first time I ever heard of Congressman Aaron Schock, I was hanging out with some friends during a girls' night in, and one of my friends yelled to me from the other room: 'Meghan, there's a congressman on TMZ,'" Meghan McCain writes Tuesday in her latest blog post for the Daily Beast. "To which I answered: 'Twenty bucks he's a Democrat.' Well, I was wrong."

"...At the end of the day, Congressman Schock is only three years older than me. Which means he can relay a message in ways my father never could," she says.


Filed under: Aaron Schock • Meghan McCain • Popular Posts
March 23rd, 2009
09:16 AM ET
5 years ago

Republican stalked by gossip site like he's a Hollywood starlet

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Having mastered the Hollywood gossip scene, celebrity site TMZ apparently has set its sights on a new conquest - Capitol Hill.

The site - owned by Time Warner, CNN’s parent company - has started accosting members of Congress, including Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock, as they go about their work in Washington.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” Schock said of his first encounter with TMZ. “I was on my way to the floor for a vote, I’m talking to a constituent literally on my cell phone and there’s some guy with a handycam in street clothes walking next to me. And, so, I didn’t know what to expect.”

The 27-year-old freshman congressman, whose congressional district includes Peoria, Illinois, told CNN’s Howard Kurtz how his paparazzi encounter played in his Midwestern city.

Watch: Schock dishes on TMZ

“I was actually surprised by how many text messages, e-mails, phone calls I got from stay-at-home mom’s that were watching the [TMZ] show,” Schock said on State of the Union on Sunday. “People that log onto their Web site I guess regularly and check out the news on TMZ. … People who watch TMZ or different mediums don’t expect to see their congressman on such a show. They’re used to seeing the Britney Spears or the movie star.”


Filed under: Aaron Schock • Popular Posts • State of the Union
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