John Shimkus

John Shimkus I've served in the Army, as a high school teacher, a county treasurer, and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives until 2021.

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01/04/2022

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Pergram, Chad
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The Speaker’s Lobby: I Remember

By: Chad Pergram, Fox News

03 January 2022



I remember when I walk through the Capitol Rotunda.



I remember when I walk through Statuary Hall.



I remember when I walk across the East Front of the U.S. Capitol.



I remember when I enter the Speaker’s Lobby.



I remember when I pass by the narrow entrance to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.



I remember when I walk through the Capitol crypt.



I remember when I walk up that Senate stairwell.



There are places scattered all about the U.S. Capitol which I recall for one reason or another. I stood in a dim, dusty Senate corridor, just feet away from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former General Secretary of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, en route to pay their respects to President Ronald Reagan, lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda.



Even the scene a few weeks ago when late Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., also lay in state in the Rotunda.



I recall those solemn scenes now when I pass through the Capitol Rotunda.



But now I remember something else.



And I always will.



Now I recall the sheer size of the mob marauding through the Capitol Rotunda. Amid the statues of George Washington and Martin Luther King. Between the paintings depicting Pocahontas and James Madison. I will remember the testimony at a Senate hearing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Carneysha Mendoza, her skin seared by chemical agents after fighting the hooligans. Mendoza says her Fitbit revealed the struggle was so intense last January 6 that it showed her “in the exercise zone for four hours and nine minutes” as they attempted to physically blockade the doors.



For years, I chased former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. and a host of others across Statuary Hall for a comment or a quote. I recall Roger Daltrey of The Who performing an acoustical version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” during a ceremony to dedicate a bust of Winston Churchill. I remember standing in Statuary Hall, speaking on the air live, as the House debated articles of impeachment for President Trump. Now I remember the vandals, parading through Statuary Hall en route to the House chamber.



I remember running into Cokie Roberts on the East Front of the Capitol just days after I arrived in Washington and was trying to find a job. I remember running into former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., as he walked to the Capitol one spring morning decades ago. Now I remember a gang charging the Capitol and sprinting up the stairs against an outmanned police force.



I have entered the Speaker’s Lobby thousands of times over the years. Grabbing a quick comment from Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., as he emerged up the stairs. A remark from former Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, shortly before the Obamacare vote. Now I remember this is where Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd shot Ashli Babbitt as she attempted to vault a transom. This unfolded as a horde battered the doors of the Speaker’s Lobby with flagpoles and broke windows in an effort to swarm the House chamber.



I think of watching President Obama walk through the arcade entranceway leading to the West Front of the Capitol, moments from becoming President on January 20, 2009. I remember former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., walking me into his special Senate hideaway just steps from there shortly before he retired in early 1997. And in that place, I now think of the smoke. The tear gas. And the cries of Washington, DC Police Officer Daniel Hodges, nearly crushed in the doorway as the mob attempted to storm the building.



As I pass through the Capitol crypt, I’ll remember awaiting the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, step out of an obscure elevator after viewing deranged pictures of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now I remember the chaotic video of officers engaged in hand-to-hand combat in the crypt as the statues of Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Robert Sherman of Connecticut look on.



I remember when I walk up that Senate stairwell how I chased down former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, for an interview after searching for him all day years ago. I remember hollering questions as U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on that stairwell as he left the Capitol after attending President Trump’s State of the Union speech – in the middle of Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial. Now I think of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman baiting the hoodlums up those steps and distracting them so senators could evacuate the chamber through another corridor.



These are the things I remember now.



History has a curious way of festooning notoriety on the most obscure locations. The Texas Schoolbook Depository in Dallas. A field near Shanksville, Penn. An elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The Lorraine Motel in Memphis.



The U.S. Capitol isn’t one of those places. History sweeps through the Capitol all the time. And it certainly did so on January 6, 2021.



The riot is now part of the history of the Capitol. Burnished into the Doric columns right along with the tales of President Lincoln lying in state in the Rotunda. Vice President Truman sipping an afternoon cocktail with House Speaker Sam Rayburn, D-Tex., - and then learning he was about to become President when FDR died. Lawmakers linking hands on the Capitol steps on 9/11 and spontaneously bursting out in a rendition of God Bless America.



Good happens at the Capitol.



So does the bad.



I used to relish giving tours of the Capitol before the pandemic. It was one of the perquisites of the job having worked in the Capitol for years now. I love showing people the parts of the Berlin Wall which adorn the base of the statue of Reagan. I’d point out the golden to***co leaves atop the columns near the mini-Rotunda. I’d show people the room where the House met to select Thomas Jefferson as President in 1801. It’s now the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.



I’m confident I will give tours again at some point.



And when I do, I’ll have a lot of other things in my repertoire to show people.



Things on the East Front. In Statuary Hall. On the edge of the Speaker’s Lobby.



Dark memories. Grim memories.



It’s all part of the story now.



I remember these things because I was here on January 6.



And I hope you remember them, too.











Chad Pergram

Fox News

Congressional Correspondent

[email protected]

202 253 5295

@ChadPergram

01/04/2022

Psalm 141:3-4 Set a guard , O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice the deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

01/03/2022

Psalm 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.

01/02/2022

Isaiah 60:6 “A multitude of camels will cover you, The young camels of Midian and Epath; All those from Sheba will come; They will bring gold and frankincense, And will bear good news of the praises of the Lord.

01/01/2022

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.

12/31/2021

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12/30/2021

Matthew 2:19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

12/29/2021

1 Chronicles 16:23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

12/28/2021

Psalm 96:1-2 Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

12/27/2021

1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

12/26/2021

1 Peter 1:9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

12/25/2021

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

12/24/2021

Luke 2:4-5 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

12/23/2021

Luke 1:48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold from this time on all generations will count me blessed.

12/22/2021

Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put a obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.

12/21/2021

Isaiah 54:8 “In an outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you.”

12/19/2021

Psalm 145:12 To make known to the sons of men Your might acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

12/18/2021

Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I,the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in all manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

12/17/2021

Matthew 10:32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will confess him before My father who is in heaven.

12/16/2021

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

12/15/2021

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest upon His shoulder’s; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

12/14/2021

Psalm 130:7-8 O Israel hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel From all his iniquities.

12/13/2021

Psalm 146:5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God.

12/12/2021

Psalm 33:20-21 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust His holy name.

12/11/2021

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love to us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

12/10/2021

Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.

12/09/2021

Psalm 119:46 I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings And shall not be ashamed.

12/08/2021

Lamentations 3:22-23 The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.

12/07/2021

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness in the earth.

12/06/2021

Psalm 18:46 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation,

12/05/2021

Luke 1:69 And has raised up the horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant.

12/04/2021

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdoms of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

12/03/2021

Deuteronomy 26:18 The Lord has today declared you to be his people, His treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all his commandments;

12/02/2021

Genesis 21:1 Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised.

12/01/2021

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

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I love this guy and his writing.... Pergram, Chad 9:02 AM (7 minutes ago) to Chad The Speaker’s Lobby: I Remember By: Chad Pergram, Fox News 03 January 2022 I remember when I walk through the Capitol Rotunda. I remember when I walk through Statuary Hall. I remember when I walk across the East Front of the U.S. Capitol. I remember when I enter the Speaker’s Lobby. I remember when I pass by the narrow entrance to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. I remember when I walk through the Capitol crypt. I remember when I walk up that Senate stairwell. There are places scattered all about the U.S. Capitol which I recall for one reason or another. I stood in a dim, dusty Senate corridor, just feet away from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former General Secretary of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, en route to pay their respects to President Ronald Reagan, lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Even the scene a few weeks ago when late Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., also lay in state in the Rotunda. I recall those solemn scenes now when I pass through the Capitol Rotunda. But now I remember something else. And I always will. Now I recall the sheer size of the mob marauding through the Capitol Rotunda. Amid the statues of George Washington and Martin Luther King. Between the paintings depicting Pocahontas and James Madison. I will remember the testimony at a Senate hearing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Carneysha Mendoza, her skin seared by chemical agents after fighting the hooligans. Mendoza says her Fitbit revealed the struggle was so intense last January 6 that it showed her “in the exercise zone for four hours and nine minutes” as they attempted to physically blockade the doors. For years, I chased former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. and a host of others across Statuary Hall for a comment or a quote. I recall Roger Daltrey of The Who performing an acoustical version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” during a ceremony to dedicate a bust of Winston Churchill. I remember standing in Statuary Hall, speaking on the air live, as the House debated articles of impeachment for President Trump. Now I remember the vandals, parading through Statuary Hall en route to the House chamber. I remember running into Cokie Roberts on the East Front of the Capitol just days after I arrived in Washington and was trying to find a job. I remember running into former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., as he walked to the Capitol one spring morning decades ago. Now I remember a gang charging the Capitol and sprinting up the stairs against an outmanned police force. I have entered the Speaker’s Lobby thousands of times over the years. Grabbing a quick comment from Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., as he emerged up the stairs. A remark from former Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, shortly before the Obamacare vote. Now I remember this is where Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd shot Ashli Babbitt as she attempted to vault a transom. This unfolded as a horde battered the doors of the Speaker’s Lobby with flagpoles and broke windows in an effort to swarm the House chamber. I think of watching President Obama walk through the arcade entranceway leading to the West Front of the Capitol, moments from becoming President on January 20, 2009. I remember former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., walking me into his special Senate hideaway just steps from there shortly before he retired in early 1997. And in that place, I now think of the smoke. The tear gas. And the cries of Washington, DC Police Officer Daniel Hodges, nearly crushed in the doorway as the mob attempted to storm the building. As I pass through the Capitol crypt, I’ll remember awaiting the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, step out of an obscure elevator after viewing deranged pictures of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now I remember the chaotic video of officers engaged in hand-to-hand combat in the crypt as the statues of Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Robert Sherman of Connecticut look on. I remember when I walk up that Senate stairwell how I chased down former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, for an interview after searching for him all day years ago. I remember hollering questions as U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on that stairwell as he left the Capitol after attending President Trump’s State of the Union speech – in the middle of Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial. Now I think of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman baiting the hoodlums up those steps and distracting them so senators could evacuate the chamber through another corridor. These are the things I remember now. History has a curious way of festooning notoriety on the most obscure locations. The Texas Schoolbook Depository in Dallas. A field near Shanksville, Penn. An elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The U.S. Capitol isn’t one of those places. History sweeps through the Capitol all the time. And it certainly did so on January 6, 2021. The riot is now part of the history of the Capitol. Burnished into the Doric columns right along with the tales of President Lincoln lying in state in the Rotunda. Vice President Truman sipping an afternoon cocktail with House Speaker Sam Rayburn, D-Tex., - and then learning he was about to become President when FDR died. Lawmakers linking hands on the Capitol steps on 9/11 and spontaneously bursting out in a rendition of God Bless America. Good happens at the Capitol. So does the bad. I used to relish giving tours of the Capitol before the pandemic. It was one of the perquisites of the job having worked in the Capitol for years now. I love showing people the parts of the Berlin Wall which adorn the base of the statue of Reagan. I’d point out the golden to***co leaves atop the columns near the mini-Rotunda. I’d show people the room where the House met to select Thomas Jefferson as President in 1801. It’s now the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. I’m confident I will give tours again at some point. And when I do, I’ll have a lot of other things in my repertoire to show people. Things on the East Front. In Statuary Hall. On the edge of the Speaker’s Lobby. Dark memories. Grim memories. It’s all part of the story now. I remember these things because I was here on January 6. And I hope you remember them, too. Chad Pergram Fox News Congressional Correspondent [email protected] 202 253 5295 @ChadPergram
Psalm 141:3-4 Set a guard , O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice the deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Psalm 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
Isaiah 60:6 “A multitude of camels will cover you, The young camels of Midian and Epath; All those from Sheba will come; They will bring gold and frankincense, And will bear good news of the praises of the Lord.
Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 2:19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
1 Chronicles 16:23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Psalm 96:1-2 Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 Peter 1:9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.