Florida Delegation Freshmen
|Renting his parents' townhouse on Capitol Hill
||Bought Capitol Hill townhouse of former Florida Rep. Clay Shaw
||Renting apartment with two other members
||Renting Capitol Hill apartment
||Husband, William Lewis, and two daughters, 9 and 7
||Wife, Eva, and four sons, ages 3 to 13
||Wife, Sandy, and two grown children, 22 and 25
||Wife, Dori, 21-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter
||Wife, Terry, and 20-year-old daughter
|Where will family live?
||Palm Harbor during the school year; probably in Washington during the summer
||Both Washington and Longboat Key
||Venus (near Lake Okeechobee)
||Being asked to make
life-and-death decisions as a member of the Armed Services Committee
|The members' access to first-hand information via the Congressional Research Service and other resources
||The sheer magnitude of voting and rules procedures
||"The amount of walking you do. It's 10-times as much as Tallahassee"
||How nicely Democratic leaders have treated freshman. "They've treated us like gold"
|Most exciting thing yet about being in Congress?
||Being sworn into office by the first female House speaker while her two daughters stood next to her and her mother watched from the audience
||Being sworn in while accompanied by his children and his father, Mike Bilirakis, who held the seat for 24 years
||Watching President Bush deliever his State of the Union address from the House floor, alongside his colleagues, senators, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices
||"The feeling you can change people's lives"
||"Having my daughter see me sworn in and see a woman become Speaker"
||Armed Services; Rules; Steering and Policy
||Veterans Affairs; Homeland Security
||Transportation and Infrastructure; Small Business
||Financial Services, Foreign Affairs
||Financial Services, Agriculture
|Who did you replace?
||Jim Davis served a decade in the House, often working behind the scenes on educational and environmental issues, including fighting oil drilling off Florida's coasts.
||His father, Mike Bilirakis, a 24-year veteran of the House and a top Republican on the Veterans Affairs Committee
||Katherine Harris, who served four years, was known as an aggressive deputy whip on the leadership team and focused on national security and economic issues
||Clay Shaw, a 26-year veteran and senior member of Ways and Means Committee
||Mark Foley, who served a dozen years, was a member of the House tax-writing committee and focused on child protection. He resigned after revelations that he sent explicit emails to teenage pages.
|Establish federal catastrophic insurance fund; improve certain veterans' benefits; allow tax deductions for health insurance
||Get Florida more transportation money, establish federal catastrophic insurance fund, balance budget
||Homeowners insurance, energy independence
||Homeowners insurance, water projects, farm bill reauthorization
|Profession, past political experience
||Attorney; Hillsborough County Commission, 2002-2006
||Lawyer; Florida House, 1998-2006
||Owner of car dealerships; no previous political office
||Lawyer; Florida Legislature, 1992-2006
||Runs financial business, no previous political office