Capitol Hill’s Baby Boom

congress_baby_boomCongress will be back in session tomorrow after a two week recess. Among the 435 representatives are a small but growing group who are bringing new life to the hallowed halls of Capitol Hill.

According to the House historian’s office, only seven women in U.S. history have delivered babies while serving in Congress — and three of those births have happened in the past two years. Another congressional birth is just weeks away: Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., is due next month.

She’ll have a separate distinction: Sanchez is set to become the first member of Congress giving birth outside of wedlock. At 39, and with a boyfriend of more than two years, she said she knew that having a big wedding could wait, while having a bigger family might not be as easy.

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