Ran into Doug and Jeanie Lamborn at the opening of the Fine Art Center’s new show last night.
“She’s the artist,” said the Congressman, with exactly the relaxed and cheerful mien you’d expect from a politician who just won re-election with 75 percent of the vote.
Discussing the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, former state senator Andy McElhany noted that Lamborn may be able “to move out of the coat closet.”
Lamborn laughed, recalling that as a minority freshman in the House, he had drawn the next to lowest number in the office lottery.
“I was 50th out of 51,” he said.
That put him in a dismal basement space next to the men’s room, or so it was reported.
“Actually, I love my office,” said Lamborn, while ackowledging that he might be moving into more desirable digs.
Office assignments reflect both seniority and power, and at that time Lamborn had neither. In the annual power rankings of House members, our hapless representative was placed by congress.org at or near the bottom.
That was then.
Now, change is on the way, and it’s good news for Colorado Springs.
Nearly 100 new members will be sworn in come January, vaulting Lamborn into a far more influential and (we hope) powerful position.
Our congressman’s new status should be reflected in committee assignments. He’s now a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. If he becomes the subcommittee chair, that’d be a powerful and important post for this state.
Lamborn also serves on the Armed Services Committee, which is particularly important to this region. He’ll have more clout as a member of the majority, and more ability to protect our city’s multiple military installations.
And what else? Lamborn’s a deeply conservative guy in a deeply conservative caucus. Let’s hope that his colleagues see fit to reward him with a post on the committee of committees, the dais at which every canny member of Congress longs to sit, the literal seat of power: Appropriations!!!
You go, Congressman!