January 8th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Back in office, House members get second chance

Washington (CNN) - Among the 84 House freshmen who unpacked new offices last week, a handful is intimately familiar with doing the opposite - packing up and moving out of the Capitol.

Nine members of the new class are former members of Congress who left Capitol Hill either by choice or by force. Redrawn congressional districts helped some of them get back; others had a change of heart after leaving voluntarily.


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  1. rs

    Pay attention Mr. Boehner and the rest of the House GOP. The "second wave" will come in 2014. Your days are numbered because of your crazy politics, fiscal mayhem, and obstructionism.

    January 8, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    A second chance at what??? Making complete and utter fools of themselves. The GOP has been systematically losing their collective minds since November 2008. They slid even farther down the path of insanity after President Obama's reelection. How do you explain filibustering your own damn bill?? Now President Obama is showing his bipartisan ways and they are against him nominating people from their own party?? As my sister and myself were saying yesterday, the republican party has officially lost their damn minds.

    Does anyone think if Willard had won( thank God he didn't) would he have nominated any dems for his cabinet?? I doubt it, unless he had to.

    January 8, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    No one wants to leave, because they get rich there.

    January 8, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Fiscal Responsibility is what we need. The Republician House is doing it's best to hold the Commenwealth together. Thje Liberal's ar doing their best to Re-Invent the Soviet Union. You want to finish the job and send this country down the drain. Put the Libs back in charge.

    January 8, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    No one wants to leave, because they get rich there.
    Power attracts those who are most easily corrupted by it.

    January 8, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. James Bond

    Get a clue ray, your blind following of the republican party is disgusting, unless your rich, you really dont havea reason to vote republican, if you do, your justfooling yourself, they dispise you

    January 8, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    James, you may want to remember that while the rich tend to support the Republicans, the REALLY RICH are more in line with Democrats, especially when it comes to calling for fairer taxes. As for Ray, please remember he lives in Georgia, where the Republican Party now puts the Kool-Ade in the Sweet Tea,

    January 8, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Once again, we will see how beliefs will always outweigh the facts.

    January 8, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. James Bond

    Right wing insanity? of course, get with theprogram, or get primaried, now that is incentive for individual thinking, or maybe call it critical thinking, yeah, thats it, something its not, hey im starting to get it, your all puppets for koch, norquist. good news, in 2015, you will have plenty of time to kiss butt. enjot your last days republicans, its coming to an end, good run though

    January 8, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Catmandew

    The dems are ruining country their libeqal policies got us into this mess Clinton had everything ready to fall apart when he left office dem policies are bad for everyone but the rich!

    January 8, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. ST

    Unfortunately I have no trust in Boehners leadership. He was not able to strike a deal during the fiscal cliff. Someone under his leadership did it. There are a lot of issues to be dealt with from now onwards. Should Boehner depend on people under him in every aspect all the time? What is he there for? I was very disappointed that his troop he leads did not see this through and gave him another chance to give it a try. This is not the way the country which needs quick developement should be governed.

    January 8, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    The republican party is not for the rich,but they are for the rules that can help get you rich. Alot of dems just dont get it. You feel just because you are a american you have a right to drive a nice car and live in a big brick 5br house. You want all of this with just a high school education? Get real. I know a handful of people that are well off and they didnt go to college,but they worked hard as hell and took risk in order to make a better life for their family. And some of you just cant wait to get your fat greedy hands on money that does not belong to you.money that you never worked for.

    January 8, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Woman In California

    You want to finish the job and send this country down the drain. Put the Libs back in charge.

    You had no problem with Ramses a/k/a George W. Bush did you? What a plague on society he was all because HE believed HE was chosen by God to save us. Talk about crazy people.

    January 8, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Children,
    I highly suggest you start TODAY! preparing for your future. I can give you 16 Trillion Reasons for it. The Government is broke and out of Aces. When it comes your turn to collect your benifits all you are going to get is a Sorry! There is no more money in the Kitty.Right Wing Insanity? If you say so. Don't say you weren't warned.

    January 8, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Thje Liberal's ar doing their best to Re-Invent the Soviet Union."

    It's too early to hand out the gold star for today's dumbest comment, but keep it up...you'll no doubt be in the running.

    January 8, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Rudy NYC


    The republican party is not for the rich,but they are for the rules that can help get you rich. Alot of dems just dont get it.
    No they're not. The Republican party is for "rules" that make the rich richer. If they were for helping people get rich, then why don't we ever hear them saying that. "We have to protect the job creators." Listen to what they're saying. They literally mean exactly that.

    All of the economic propserity they talk about is all about devising an economy that funnels money to the "job creators". There are no allowances made for someone to work their way to the top. Middle class incomes have been on the decline for decades while incomes of the wealthiest have increased by hundreds of fold.

    January 8, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. ST

    @Woman in California
    I fully agree with your statement. These people never accept the reality. We won folks, we did win. On Jan. 21 the Chief Justice will confirm our win and administer the second (not only the first one) oath to Pres. Obama. They can go to the beaches, they can do anything they want to do, BUT we will get together and do what our fore fathers did at this particular time.

    January 8, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |