Many House freshmen make Iraq visit

At least two dozen freshman House lawmakers have elected to travel to Iraq during their first seven months in office, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.

Of the 55 new House members, at least 18 Democrats and six Republicans have made the trip, while those who have not include at least five Republicans and 20 Democrats.


A 56th new member, Rep. Paul BrounPaul Collins BrounHundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia California lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment MORE (R-Ga.), was sworn in July 25 following a special election to replace the late Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Ga.). He was not included in the survey.

While lawmakers often describe Iraq trips as a powerful and moving experience, almost none return with changed minds — or switch their position on Iraq-related votes.

The survey included members who returned to office in the 2006 elections following a prior absence. Of those lawmakers, Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) made a trip during a previous term but has not traveled to Iraq in the past year.

And Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), who served a seven-month tour of duty in Iraq as an Army paratrooper before running for Congress last fall, returned this spring with a congressional delegation.

Several lawmakers who have not traveled to Iraq said they have asked to do so, or are planning a trip during the August recess. Any committee can organize congressional delegations, and members outside the panel can participate when spaces are available.


Editor's Note: After The Hill's survey had been completed, five lawmakers — Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), Timothy Mahoney (D-Fla.), Gerald McNerney (D-Calif.) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) — embarked on a trip to Iraq as part of the first bipartisan, all-freshman delegation of House members.


Who has gone

Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannEvangelicals shouldn't be defending Trump in tiff over editorial Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (R-Minn.)
Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.)
Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)
Chris Carney (D-Pa.)
Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)
Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents MORE (D-Ind.)
Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package MORE (D-N.Y.)
Baron Hill (D-Ind.)*
David Loebsack (D-Iowa)
Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.)
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.)
Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Testing struggles emerge as key hurdle to reopening country Democratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers MORE (D-Conn.)
Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)
Joe Sestak (D-Pa.)
Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)
Adrian Smith (R-Neb.)
Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDems unlikely to subpoena Bolton Democratic candidates gear up for a dramatic Super Tuesday A disaster for diplomacy and the Zionist dream MORE (D-Vt.)

Didn’t return calls

Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)
Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.)
Heath Shuler (D-N.C.)
Albio Sires (D-N.J.)
Zack Space (D-Ohio)

Didn’t return calls, but has gone**

Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.)
Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)
Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.)

*Went during previous term

**Some offices did not return phone calls regarding the survey. The Hill reviewed media articles to determine whether those members had gone to Iraq.

Has not visited

Jason Altmire (D-Pa.)
Michael Arcuri (D-N.Y.)
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Kathy Castor (D-Fla.)
Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)
Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
David Davis (R-Tenn.)
Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
John Hall (D-N.Y.)
Phil Hare (D-Ill.)
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Paul Hodes (D-N.H.)
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
Steve Kagen (D-Wis.)
Ron Klein (D-Fla.)
Nick Lampson (D-Texas)
Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.)
Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas)
Bill Sali (R-Idaho)
John Sarbanes (D-Md.)
Betty Sutton (D-Ohio)
Tim Walberg (R-Mich.)
Tim Walz (D-Minn.)
Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio)
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