Following the November elections, Capitol Hill’s version of “The Hunger Games” began in Washington, D.C., where incumbent and incoming Members of Congress battled it out from prime office real estate in the House of Representatives.
The “House Office Lottery” takes place every two years before the each new Congress begins in January. During the lottery, lawmakers vie for office spaces in one of the three House Office Buildings (HOB), Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn, where they’ll stay for the entirety of the two-year Congress.
Those who end up with a coveted, large corner office may stay put for their entire Congressional careers; while other less lucky Members who end up in no-man’s land on the dimly lit fifth-floor, where elevators and people are scarce may opt to move the first chance the get during the next lottery.
The process is simple, numbered black and white discs are placed into a wooden box.
By seniority in Congress, then alphabetical order, each Members pulls disc out of the box. The lower the number on the disc, the better the position in line to choose an office. For some Members who have had a bad draw in the past and have been relegated to an extra small office, the a low number literally feels like winning the lottery.
While there are no new Members joining the Alabama delegation this January, all of the incumbents won their re-elections, there will be a shuffle of office spaces among the delegation, with only three of the delegation’s seven Members opting to stay put during the 115th Congress.
One of those taking advantage of the option to upgrade and move, is Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers.
Previously situated near the construction zone of oldest office building, Cannon HOB, Rogers was lucky enough to update to a space known for its large offices and superior views in the newest building, Rayburn HOB.
“I have always said my door is open to the people of the Third Congressional District,” Rogers said. “I am excited about our new location in Washington and hope local citizens will continue to come by and visit when they are in our nation’s capital.”
Here’s where you can find the Yellowhammer State reps should you visit Washington, D.C. next year:
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne: Staying put
- Office location: 119 Cannon HOB
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby: Staying put
- Office location: 442 Cannon HOB
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers: Moved
- Office location: 2184 Rayburn HOB
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt: Staying put
- Office location: 235 Cannon HOB
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks: Moved
- Office location: 2400 Rayburn HOB
Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer: Moved
- Office location: 330 Cannon HOB
Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell: Moved
- Office location: 2201 Rayburn HOB