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Q: What piece of advice do you wish someone would have told you when you first came to Congress?

Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.): “Make good staffing decisions, and make staffing decisions you won’t have to undo in three or four months.”

Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziSenate Dems draw hard line over miners' pension bill Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump President-elect Trump: Please drain the student loan swamp MORE (R-Wyo.): “Work to have everything go through the process. Whatever tries to jump through the process never makes it.”

Outgoing Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.): “The economy is big and complicated, and don’t be easily fooled. It’s not easy to predict. Don’t look at it like arithmetic. It’s not.”

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.): “Enjoy the moment.”

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.): “There’s no perfect way of doing it.”

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief Liberal Dems: Trump filling Cabinet with 'stooges' Poll: Most say Trump will change DC MORE (R-Ala.): “Place more confidence in what their constituents are telling them than conventional political wisdom.”

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.): “I think everyone has to find their own way around here. Keep your ears open, head down and your mouth shut.”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.): “I was really healthy on advice,” he said, noting that he had his older brother,  Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), here when he arrived. “Probably would be to get less advice in my case. A map of the building would have been helpful. The buildings, the corridors; I got lost a lot.”

Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyTax reform: Starting place for jobs, growth Overnight Finance: Trump blasts Carrier's union leader | What's in the spending bill | Jamie Dimon gets perch for Trump era | AT&T, Time Warner execs grilled Koch Industries warns about 'devastating' House GOP tax plan provision MORE (R-Texas): “Control your own schedule.”

Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE (R-Ga.): “Work hard early. Getting to know the procedures of the Senate early on is a big help. The harder they work, the earlier they’ll pick up on those.”

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.): “Patience. Have patience. Don’t move too fast around here.”

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.): “Oh, just learn your way around. Get to know the place, the people.”

Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.): “Find someone you can trust, that you can go to on all the issues.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio): “Have a great scheduler. It was difficult coming from the state House, not being in control of your schedule, your life.”

Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyLouisiana dishes last serving of political gumbo We can't let tax extenders obstruct comprehensive reform GOP seeks to make it 52 MORE Jr. (R-La.): “Listen and learn.”

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.):
“Make sure you talk to the local press before you talk to the national
press.”

Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.): “I would say, remember most of the critical decisions you are going to make, you’re going to make when you’re very, very tired.”

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio): “Don’t let your staff over-manage you. Give yourself some room to breathe.”