U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Year Elected: 1993 # of Terms: 3 Year of Re-Election: 2000 Political Work: Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Home State/Flag: La Marque, Texas Extra Info: Has sever leather bound books
U.S. Senator John Cornyn Year Elected: 2002 # of Terms: 2 Year of Re-Election: 2008 Political Work: Senate finance, Judiciary Committee, and Budget Committee Home State/Flag: Houston, Texas Extra Info: Owns several firearms and hunts often
U.S. Representative Joe Barton We are in the 6 th District Year Elected: 1984 # of Terms: 13 Home State/Flag: Waco, Texas Extra Info: Has a home in Arlington
President of the Senate Joseph R. Biden Jr. Year Elected: 1971 # of Terms: 2 Year of Re-Election: 1977 Political Work: New Castle County Council Home State/Flag: Pennsylvania Extra Info: Weeks after his election he lost his wife and daughter in an car accident.
President Pro. Tempore Robert C. Byrd Year of Election: 1950 # of Terms: 9 Year of Re-Election: 2006 Political Work: Scholastic Recognition Award Home State/Flag: West Virginia Extra Info: Recorded his own album, Mountain
Majority Leader Harry Reid Year Elected: 1986 # of Terms: 4 Year of Re-Election: 1992, 1998, 2004 Political Work: Chairman of Nevada Gaming Commission Home State/Flag: Nevada Extra Info: Harry Reid isn’t afraid to speak his mind
Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin Year Elected: 2004 # of Terms: 2 Year of Re-Election: 2006 Political Work: Assistant Democratic floor leader Home State/Flag: Illinois Extra Info: His election showed the 5 th time in history that someone from Illinois served as the Senate Leader
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Year Elected: 1984 # of Terms: 4 Year of Re-Election: 2009 Political Work: Judge – Executive of Jefferson County Home State/Flag: Kentucky Extra Info: Longest serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky
Assistant Minority Leader Jon Kyl Year Elected: 2008 # of Terms: 1 Political Work: Member of Judiciary Committee Home State/Flag: Arizona Extra Info: Quietly built his reputation which is known for hard work
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Year Elected: 2007 # of Terms: 2 Year of Re-Election: 2009 Political Work: Supports issues such as environmental ones Home State/Flag: California Extra Info: Many “firsts” for women in political leadership
Minority Leader John Boehner Year Elected: 1994 # of Terms: 10 Year of Re-Election: 2008 Political Work: House of GOP Conference Chairman Home State/Flag: Ohio Extra Info: Relentless advocate for freedom and security
Minority Whip Eric Cantor Year Elected: 2008 # of Terms: 5 Political Work: Holds a seat on House Ways & Means Committee Home State/Flag: Virginia Extra Info: Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare
Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer Year of Election: 2006 # of Terms: 15 Year of Re-Election: 2008 Political Work: shepherded the Americans With Disabilities Act Home State/Flag: Maryland Extra Info: Highest ranking Member of Congress from Maryland in history
Majority Whip James E. Clyburn Year Elected: 2006 # of Terms: 8 Political Work: Leader of the House Democrat's Faith Working Group Home State/Flag: Sumter, South Carolina Extra Info: 2nd African American to reach third ranking position in House of Rep.
Apollo astronauts disapprove Obama space plans <ul><li>The president's plans would shift some funding away from NASA's costly human space flight program to NASA's scientific programs, including robotic missions to other planets. </li></ul><ul><li>April 14, 2010 </li></ul>
Poland’s president, wife, and 88 passengers at least 88 died in plane crash in Russia <ul><li>Pilot error has been blamed for the tragedy after it emerged he turned down the opportunity to land at an alternative runway in thick fog. Witnesses said the pilot made three or four attempts to land before crashing into woodland nearby. </li></ul><ul><li>10th April 2010 </li></ul>