Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) is known for consistently having one of the best seats in the House chamber for the State of the Union. The congressman said he just happened to spot a free aisle seat at his first State of the Union in 1990, and he has been shaking the hand of presidents ever since. He tells us what it takes to grab a coveted spot:

Ever since Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) was elected to Congress in 1989, he has snagged one of the most coveted seats every year at the State of the Union. He explains what it takes to shake the president's hand when he enters the House chamber. (JulieAnn McKellogg/The Washington Post)