‘Alpha House’ inspiration might break up with Miller retirement

January 13, 2014
Rep. George Miller’s Capitol Hill home. (Roxanne Roberts / The Washington Post) Rep. George Miller’s Capitol Hill home. (Roxanne Roberts / The Washington Post)

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill could soon be facing a new housing crisis.

This one has nothing to do with bubbles, though — the announcement today that Rep. George Miller is retiring means that the roomies who have long shared the California Democrat’s rowhouse might have to find new digs. The guys who could find themselves out in the cold: Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois.

The congressional group house — whose denizens since the early 1980s have also included Leon Panetta and former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) — is famously the inspiration for the Amazon series “Alpha House,” which focuses on a group of congressmen sharing a house, aging-frat-boy style.

It’s unclear whether Schumer and Durbin need to start trolling Craigslist. A Miller spokesman tells us that the fate of the house is “not something we’ve talked about.”

Miller bought the house in 1977, and property values have since skyrocketed, meaning he’d likely turn a tidy profit if he chose to sell the joint. But those decisions will have to wait. “It’s not a priority at the moment,” the spokesman adds.

Schumer, though, indicated that the gang might be able to stay put and simply find a replacement for Miller. He tweeted a mock (we think?) wanted ad: 



Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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