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How’s Your Political I.Q.?: Sept. 17-21


1. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R.-Neb.) recently announced that he would not seek re-election next year. Nebraska’s other senator is Democrat Ben Nelson. When was the last time Nebraska had two Republican senators?

2. Republican Representatives Mary Bono (Calif.) and Connie Mack (Fla.) recently announced their engagement. When was the last time two sitting U.S. representatives were married?

3. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson recently announced for the Republican nomination for President. Who was the last President to have served in the Senate?

4. Dana Perino has just been named as press secretary to the President, only the second woman to hold the position. Who was the first?

5. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Nebraska’s Sen. Hagel. Two former Cabinet members currently serve in the Senate. Can you name them?


1. In 1976, when the senators were Republicans Roman Hruska and Carl Curtis.

2. In 1994, when New York Republican Representatives Susan Molinari and Bill Paxon were married.

3. Richard Nixon, a Republican senator from California from 1950-52.

4. DeeDee Myers, press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1993-94.

5. Republicans Mel Martinez of Florida, who was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under George W. Bush, and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and secretary of Labor under George H.W. Bush.

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