The 109th Congress' Loneliest Caucuses

rep_blumenauer.jpgUpdated: So it's a list of officers. So what. It was a rough weekend, ok? And this Earl guy -- probably not a jackass. But who's he trying to impress running around in a bowtie running all these caucuses?

The Committe on House Administration has a very handy list of every member officer of every Congressional caucus -- our favorites are the ones with only one member officer, ever-so-slightly expanding the definition of "caucus" to include "nice-sounding group name one makes up to make it sound like one's getting a lot done." Are these causes too lame to attract more than one member officers? Or are these members officers just losers with whom no one wants to party? Just for reference: The Shellfish Caucus, whose aim is to "increase awareness of important policy issues affecting the shellfish industry," has six members officers. Those issues which aren't quite so important include:

Congressional Taskforce on International HIV/AIDS

Rep. Jim McDermott

Economic Competitiveness Caucus

Rep. Todd Tiahrt

Gulf Coast Rebuilding and Recovery Caucus

Rep. Bennie Thompson

And in the "That Explains It" file:

Metro Congestion Coalition

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Victory in Iraq Caucus

Rep. Joe Wilson

And ladies and gentlemen, meet the king of the one-man caucus:

Army Corps Reform Caucus

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Congressional Bike Caucus (CBC)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

House Trails Caucus

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Unexploded Ordnance Caucus

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Earl (pictured, natch) just doesn't seem to work well with others. We think it's the tie. Look at him -- would you want to caucus with that jackass?

The full list of Caucuses of One, after the jump.

Air Force Caucus

Rep. Cliff Stearns

Appalachian Caucus

Rep. Bob Ney

Building a Better America Caucus (BABC)

Rep. Gary Miller

California Democratic Congressional Delegation

Rep. Zoe Lofgren

Congressional Bipartisan Cerebral Palsy Caucus

Rep. Dan Burton

Congressional Caucus on Central America

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Congressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Caucus

Rep. Cliff Stearns

Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus

Rep. Diane Watson

Congressional Children's Caucus

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Congressional China Caucus

Rep. J. Randy Forbes

Congressional Constitution Caucus

Rep. Scott Garrett

Congressional Correctional Officers Caucus

Rep. Ted Strickland

Congressional Gulf of Mexico Caucus

Rep. Katherine Harris

Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus

Rep. Tom Tancredo

Congressional Insurance Caucus

Rep. Dan Burton

Congressional Life Science Caucus

Rep. Sam Graves

Congressional Management Caucus

Rep. Todd Russell Platts

Congressional Medical Professionals Caucus

Rep. Phil Gingrey

Delaware River Basin Task Force

Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick

Flat Tax Caucus

Rep. Michael Burgess

House Reading Caucus

Rep. Anne Northup

Modeling & Simulation Training Caucus

Rep. Randy Forbes

Naval Network Working Group Caucus

Rep. Steve Israel

Open Space Caucus

Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick

Panama, Trade, Security, and Economic Cooperation Caucus

Rep. Jerry Weller

River of Trade Corridor Congressional Caucus

Rep. Ralph Hall

Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

Rep. Eric Cantor

The Pell Grant Caucus

Rep. Ric Keller

Washington Waste Watchers Caucus

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

Youth Challenge Caucus

Rep. Richard Baker

109th Congress Congressional Member Organizations [CHA]


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