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Which Congressman Has Richard Nixon’s Old Office, And How It Happened

January 3, 2011

I suspect this is the only liberal blog with this hunk of trivia.  I ran across this news story about Richard Nixon’s old congressional office and had to post it on CP.

Richard Nixon won his first congressional race in 1946.  The following January he was sworn into office and took up quarters in what is now the Cannon Office Building.  (I am not sure what the building was called in 1947.)

As of Wednesday when the new Congress is sworn into  office Lou Barletta, 54, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania will hold the office, located at 510 Cannon Office Building, 283 1st St. SE.

If those walls could talk consider the stories they could tell of Hiss and Chambers……

Pat Nixon also worked in RN’s office for a time.

But how did Lou Barletta get to occupy the office?

Lou Barletta reached into a hat and pulled out No. 67.

That meant Barletta, the Republican congressman-elect from the 11th District, would have to wait for 66 of his 85 Republican freshmen colleagues to choose their offices. There are also nine new Democrats in the freshman class.

As it turned out, Barletta got the office he wanted all along.

Barletta’s new office has history – it was the first office of freshman congressman and former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon in 1947. Others to have occupied the same space are Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Norman Mineta of California and Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.

“I ended up getting the one I wanted,” Barletta said of his new digs that includes a balcony and a view of the Capitol Building. “And it’s one block from where my apartment will be.”

Barletta said most of the suites available to freshmen were of roughly 800 to 1,000 square feet. They have a reception area, the lawmaker’s office and a separate space for about six staff members.

“It has character,” Barletta said.

Barletta said he now has to pick out carpeting, drapes, furniture, paint colors, his computer website, parking and stationary.

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