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Democrats dominate the House — and television too

It’s true that Democrats control the House, but it’s still surprising that they can claim all of the top 10 lawmakers to appear most often on TV this year. (Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is the 10th.)

A search of CQ’s newsmaker transcripts from Jan. 3, the start of the 116th Congress, through June 26 yields intriguing results. For instance, a once-obscure congressman from Rhode Island, David Cicilline, came in second with 42 appearances, just four behind Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Cicilline is now a high-profile member of the Judiciary Committee who favors an impeachment inquiry for President Donald Trump.

The search included transcripts from CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, PBS NewsHour, cable news town halls and the Sunday morning talk shows.

The gender divide continues. Of the top 45 lawmakers with the most television appearances, only eight were women, three of whom are senators running for president. (Sen. Amy Klobuchar was the highest, with 27 appearances.)

Conservative cable news hero Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, didn’t even make the top 45. (He had 10 appearances.

As for other Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Sen.

Article source: https://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/democrats-dominate-house-television

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