(Associated Press)

In 2004, Tom Walsh, a former long-time Grassley health-care staffer who’s now at the State Department working on AIDS relief programs, set the record at the time for the most consecutive wins on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” winning $184,900.

Last week, Paul Nelson, a legislative correspondent in Grassley’s office here, became the latest champion, winning $14,000 last week and then defending his crown with a $15,200 win in a second appearance that aired Monday in Iowa.

Grassley says he’s not surprised. “Capitol Hill attracts people with intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. They know how to ask all the right questions.”

And they obviously know the right answers.