Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerOvernight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit A Vandenberg movement in Congress MORE (R-Colo.), Mike CrapoMike CrapoBattle begins over Wall Street rules Lawmakers call for pilot program to test for energy sector vulnerabilities Senators war over Wall Street during hearing for Trump's SEC pick MORE (R-Idaho), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Ron BarberRon BarberGiffords to lawmakers avoiding town halls: 'Have some courage' Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt House conducts moment of silence for Tucson shooting anniversary MORE (D-Ariz.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) also tweeted from the event.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE, with help from a Colorado high-school student, lit the tree. It will continue to be lit nightly until 11 p.m. through Dec. 26.
Boehner made Ryan Shuster, a senior who won a state-wide contest to be part of the ceremony, button his suit jacket before he flipped the switch, warning, “Ryan, pictures last forever.”
Former Sen. Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell drove the Christmas Tree from the small town of Meeker, Colo., to Washington, D.C., on a on a 105-foot semi truck, and arrived last week after a 23-day trip.
The tree is known as “the people’s tree,” in part to differentiate between it and the National Christmas Tree that sits in front of the White House. The tree stops in various towns and cities on its cross-country trip in order to greet “the people” personally.
John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (@SpeakerBoehner) December 4, 2012
What a beautiful and unusually warm night in Washington for this year’s Capitol Tree Lighting! twitter.com/RepRonBarber/s…— RepRonBarber (@RepRonBarber) December 4, 2012