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Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, display their "Make America Great Again" hats after attending a House Republican leadership meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

On Capitol Hill, Democrats lick their wounds as Republicans celebrate after Trump’s victory

1:19 pm Nov. 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — You’ll have to excuse us for feeling a little whiplash here on Capitol Hill.

Earlier this fall, Nancy Pelosi, the House’s Democratic leader, called Donald Trump “the gift that keeps on giving” and projected her party was within striking distance of regaining control of the chamber after six years in the wilderness.

How quickly things have changed.

After a disastrous election that saw them unexpectedly lose the White House and maintain

Republican Congressman Barry Loudermilk with voters in 2014.  BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

All of Georgia’s congressmen appear poised for reelection

9:04 pm Nov. 8, 2016

All of Georgia’s members of the House of Representatives appear poised to return to Congress in 2017, according to early election returns.

Few of the 13 House incumbents on the ballot today — Republican or Democrat — faced competitive challengers and all appeared to have punched their tickets back to Washington as of 11 p.m. The only race that had yet to be called at that point was Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall’s in the 7th District

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2007. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder, File)

Georgia GOP congressmen furious at Smithsonian for Clarence Thomas snub

7:00 am Nov. 4, 2016

Half a dozen Georgia GOP congressmen wrote an angry letter to the head of the Smithsonian Thursday criticizing curators for all but leaving out native son Clarence Thomas in the recently-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Georgians joined a dozen other House conservatives in citing “grave concerns” about Thomas’ “conspicuous absence” from the museum given his rise from a modest upbringing outside of Savannah to becoming the second African-American to serve on the Supreme

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston in 2014, when they were both vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

3:29 pm Oct. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action.

Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?

Proponents of the idea say it prevents lawmakers