Visiting the Capitol Building

Monday, 27 June 2011

While in D.C., I contacted my old friend Becca. Her husband Neil works as a policy advisor for top Republican Senator, Mitch McConnell. He was kind enough to give us a quick tour of the Capitol! Becca and Neil were my next door neighbors when I lived in Cincinnati (small world).

The afternoon was amazing. We went through the private security entrance and bypassed the general public lines. Neil has insight into the artwork and history throughout the building and he truly entertained and educated us. The design of the rotundra was impressive!

We did get to go sit in on a Senate hearing in the Senate gallery. That was my favorite part but we weren't allowed to take any pictures and had to go through yet another security check point and leave all of our bags in a locker.

In the room where the old Senate floor is, there's a cool portrait monument. It is dedicated to early women suffrage activists Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. There are four blocks of marble and one has been left unfinished. That is reserved for the likeness of the first woman president.

We got to see Senator McConnell (I froze and didn't even say hello) and Senator John Kerry (I did say hi to him and he just sort of looked at me). The visit was impressive and Megan and I took pictures on the balcony outside Senator McConnell's offices.

1 comment

Tina L. Hook said...

I just stayed in Knoxville on a recent road trip. Love that southern hospitality. Sweet as pie.