Climbing the Hill

Following two new US lawmakers

About This Series

The 2018 U.S. midterm congressional elections made history on numerous fronts.

Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans retained a majority in the Senate. The diversity and backgrounds of newly elected legislators changed the makeup of Congress. A record-breaking number of women, people of color and LGBTQ representatives were swept into office. And many of the new members were women with young children.

Shortly after the election, Voice of America embarked on a yearlong project to give its audience a glimpse into the inner workings of the House through the experiences of two new lawmakers — a Democrat and Republican from different parts of the country who politically flipped their districts.

The two freshman House members are Democrat Katie Porter, a law professor representing California’s 45th district, and Republican Pete Stauber, a retired police lieutenant and one-time professional hockey player representing Minnesota’s 8th district.

The series is called “Climbing the Hill” and chronicles Porter and Stauber’s professional and private lives as they strive to move up the legislative ladder on Capitol Hill.