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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012

50 things you didn’t know about women lawmakers


(Katherine Frey - The Washington Post)
Spectators at last week’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game might have been too distracted by the action on the field to catch one of the game’s highlights.

Players were asked to provide “fun facts”about themselves that the game’s announcers, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) read as each woman came to bat. We didn’t catch all of the fun bits of trivia, but the lawmakers’ team kindly offered up the list, post-game, for our perusal.

It’s pretty fascinating reading — the Lady Lawmakers,who lost the game to a team comprised of female journalists, spilled some of their biggest secrets and revealed their quirkier habits. So who checks baseball scores during meetings, who’s a karaoke fiend, and who’s the charcoal grill-master? Who got left behind on a codel and who survived an earthquake in the Philippines in a papaya tree?

Read on ...

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)

1. My favorite food is ice cream.

2. I have a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old.

3. I know how to drive a snowplow.

4. I’ve taken a winter plunge in the Atlantic for a good cause.

5. I listen to classic rock on my iPod.

Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.)

1. I met my husband on a blind date 38 years ago.

2. I am a grandmother.

3. My father was a Member of Congress and Governor of W.V.

4. I love crossword puzzles.

5. I majored in Zoology in college.

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.)

1. I am inspired by my daughter, Julia, whose high school softball team was district champion this year. Julia is here tonight.

2. I’m excited to welcome Republican colleagues to Tampa in August for Republican convention — spend $$.

3. Rep. Castor dedicates this game to breast cancer patients in the Tampa Bay area and premiere Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.)

1. I’m a grandmother of three.

2. I love to dance!

3. I’ve traveled to Afghanistan seven times.

4. Lived and worked on a kibbutz and in Japan.

5. I’ll celebrate my 46th Wedding Anniversary this year!

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)

1. I spent at least one night in all 50 states prior to graduating from college.

2. I survived a 7.3 earthquake in the Philippines in a papaya tree.

3. I jumped into the Potomac River last January in below-freezing temps.

4. I coached a championship basketball team — a pee wee team.

5. Some people leave their heart in San Francisco, I left my appendix in Salamanca, Spain.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.)

1. My father, who was the head of the RNC, played pro baseball.

2. I am a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fanatic.

3. I love Sudoku.

4. I check baseball scores between meetings. Okay, sometimes it’s in the meeting.

5. The Missouri district I represent is half the size of the state of Indiana, and three times the size of New Jersey.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

1. Went by the nickname “Tina” until mid-20s when the judge I clerked for would only address me by my “given name.”

2. Ran the NYC marathon twice!

3. Lived and studied in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as a student and young lawyer.

4. Tap danced as a young girl and performed a solo routine to “Ain’t She Sweet.”

5. Interviewed the Dalai Lama as a college student in Dharansala, India.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)

1. I can slalom water ski.

2. I was an elevator operator in the U.S. Capitol

3. I drove the Monorail at Disney World.

4. I was a Girl Scout troop leader.

5. I have been on a nuclear submarine.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii)

1. I love to cook.

2. I can teach traditional Japanese flower arrangements.

3. My dog governs our home.

4. I sewed my best friend’s prom dress in high school.

5. I enjoy knitting on the plane.

Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.)

1. I started out as an intern.

2. Made Buffalo Chicken wings and pizza during high school.

3. Our cat is beloved in our house.

4. First time softball player – wish I’d started earlier!

5. Blessed with a great husband and two kids.

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.)

1. I love my job – real people person.

2. I love to cook — a very limited menu.

3. I love sports – played fast pitch in 1952-54.

4. I love my two great-grandsons, 14 grandchildren, five children and my husband

5. I’m a clothes/shoe horse – over 100 suits, shoes and costume jewelry

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.)

1. Congresswoman Richardson’s Softball Coach from California, Betty Vizzini, from the seventh grade is in attendance today. She is 82 years old today.

2. Congresswoman Richardson tried out for the 1980 Olympics Women’s Basketball Team.

3. Congresswoman Richardson is not only a “Big Hitter” in Softball, but a great singer of karaoke at the Dem Club singing her #1 Song: “I Will Survive.”

4. Congresswoman Richardson broke a record of serving at all three levels of government (City Council, State Assembly and Congress), all in a span of less than one year.

5. Congresswoman Richardson played four sports in High School (volleyball, basketball, softball and track).

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

1. A cafecito Cubano with a lot of sugar is what gives me energy for the day.

2. I enjoy going to the movies with my husband.

3. I love babysitting my two grand-daughters.

4. Every morning I play “name that tune” with one of my friends via e-mail.

5. I am determined to exercise more this summer.

Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

1. She has two kids — Margaret and George.

2. She graduated with a music degree from New York University.

3. She loves trying different types of food — and her favorite type is Asian.

4. Her mom and her dad are her two biggest mentors.

5. She loves to grill for family and friends — she prefers charcoal.

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)

1. In the 1970s worked on an Indy race team.

2. Has a twin sister.

3. Completed 95 marathons.

4. Coaches a junior high cross-country team.

5. Bakes cakes and pies from scratch for every staff member’s birthday!

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)

1. I was the youngest woman (26) ever elected to the Florida Legislature.

2. I have visited 36 of the 54 historic covered bridges in New Hampshire and have a picture in front of each one.

3. I got stuck in Iceland on a codel and had to be transported back to D.C. in a C-5 cargo plane.

4. I drive 3,000 miles round-trip each summer with my husband, three kids, four dogs and a cat.

5. I grew up living next door to Dr. J, the famous NBA hall of famer.

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