Meet the New Guys

Tidal shifts in American political preferences will bring many new faces to the U.S. Capitol in January when the next Congress begins. By my unofficial count, 106 new legislators will arrive, including both representatives and senators, 12 of them Democrats and 96 of them Republicans.

So you may as well get to know them. The Hill has compiled a guide to the new members of the 112th Congress, wherein you'll find such election-year nuggets as:

The younger Quayle grew up in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

He attended Duke University and later earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt Law School. After working as a corporate lawyer in New York City, he moved to Arizona to practice law and start a venture capital firm with his brother.

His bid for the Republican nomination was shaken up in the final weeks by news that Quayle wrote for a website that features revealing photos of Phoenix-area women.

That association almost cost him any chance he had at the Republican nomination, but Quayle sought to limit the fallout by releasing a TV ad that called President Obama "the worst president in history."


James Lankford parlayed his almost 15 years as the head of the nation's largest Christian youth camp and his lack of any experience in state or federal elected office into a surprise win over the Republican establishment's candidate.

After coming out ahead in the seven-candidate primary, Lankford soundly defeated former state lawmaker Kevin Calvey in the runoff for the seat vacated by gubernatorial candidate and two-term congresswoman Mary Fallin (R). Lankford won the general election in a district that hasn't elected a Democrat since 1974.