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Feeling like a freshman? Meet new lawmakers and take an underground tour of the Capitol.


Feeling like a freshman? Meet new lawmakers and take an underground tour of the Capitol.

WATCH  | Starting out at a new school or new job can be daunting, especially when you're a newbie on Capitol Hill. We caught up with some of the newly elected members of Congress to see how they're settling in, and got a little lost along the way. 

It's a lot like being at school for the first time, it reminds me of my first day in law school actually.
Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat

Feels like freshman year
New representatives lined up on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building for a "class photo." They all spent the week going through orientation, learning how to navigate the historic building, manage budgets, write legislation, etc.

A maze of tunnels

Navigating the labyrinth of tunnels underneath the Capitol can be a nightmare for a first timer. As a relative newbie on the hill myself, I can tell you that it's nearly impossible to distinguish between all of the hallways that look like dungeons.  One minute you're heading for the cafeteria, and the next you find yourself in a corridor lined with old art and seemingly abandoned offices.

"There are times where I’m like, ‘Where am I at again?'" said Nannette Barragan, a California Democrat.


Secret subway

One of the weirder secrets of the Hill is the tiny underground subway system that runs between the office buildings. It's a lot like one of the train rides for a kid at the  mall. 


The cool lunch table

When asked about which "cool kids" he would sit with at lunch, Florida Democrat Charlie Crist said: "All of them!" A very diplomatic response. 


Craigslist bulletin board

We found a bulletin board jam-packed with ads for literally everything: hairdressers, free puppies, apartments for rent... Ever heard of Craigslist? 

Happy hour hookup

Any Washington worker will tell you it is crucial to nail down your spot for after work drinks and networking, but the new Representatives were mum on the subject. 

"You know I have my old stomping grounds from George Washington, so that may be a possibility, but I’m sure sometimes it will be the capital area," said Darren Soto, a Florida Democrat.

"I wouldn’t want to give out the secrets so that you all know where to find us," Barragan said. 

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