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When I interviewed him yesterday for Uncommon Knowledge, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California, the new House Majority Leader, stressed the truly democratic character of the House of Representatives. Members of the House, he said with real affection for the institution, come from all walks of life. He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.
Here’s the way Leader McCarthy summed it up:
I think of the Senate as a country club. The House of Representatives is more like a diner.