11/28/2018

Reporters will have to learn the names and faces of all of the new members of Congress.

Every two years at this time, I launch into one of my favorite activities.

It's a game called "Who is that?"

For months, I've poured over the pictures of Congressional candidates. I've read about them in news articles. Seen them in interviews. But you're not really sure who to look for until they're actually elected. Discerning each of the more than 90 of the new House members as they descend on Washington for freshman orientation.

As a reporter who covers Capitol Hill, you may think you've memorized the visages of these big freshman classes. But you can't truly digest who's who until you see them in person.

Everyone knows Democratic New York Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But how many of you can pick out Republican Congresswoman-elect Carol Miller of West Virginia?

But if you're really good at this who's who, you'd know Delegate.-elect Michael San Nicolas (D-GU).

A few freshmen are easier to pick out. Like Democratic-Florida Representative-elect Donna Shalala. She served for eight years as President Clinton's Health and Human Services Secretary. Or Vice President Pence's brother...GOP Indiana Congressman-elect Greg Pence.

With the Speaker's Lobby, Chad Pergram, FOX News.

Follow Chad Pergram on Twitter: @ChadPergram