Meet the eight freshmen keeping Congress in session this summer

“We understand that our request will very likely mean that the House of Representative will meet no less than once every three days for the remainder of 2011 and all of 2012,” wrote the group, headed up by Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), who will preside over the House next Friday.

“To address this possibility, we stand ready to assist you in ensuring there are always sufficient members to cover the necessary pro forma sessions.”

The group of freshmen, which consists of Landry, Harris, and Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Allen West (R-Fla), and three-term Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), has agreed to each take one of the nine remaining days over the course of the summer to preside over the House.

Aside from their unified political stance, the score of lawmakers also share another characteristic: they are from nearby states, which makes it easier for them to come back to the Capitol for a day.

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