No More 'Washington Wives?'

Most Congressional families are remaining back in their home states

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Rand Paul, Kentucky's Senator-elect, and his wife, Kelley, talk with reporters after casting their ballots November 2, 2010 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Tom Pennington/Getty)

Gone are the days of the "Washington wife." As the 112th Congress opens, most members of Congress have left their spouses and children at home. For an article released this week, Newsweek spoke with 46 of the 107 new members of Congress and only one of them — Republican Senator Mike Lee, of Utah — is moving to Washington with his family. What does this mean for the culture in Washington?

We speak with Newsweek reporter Lisa Miller and former Washington wife Sandie Knollenberg, who was a member of a social club for Congressmen’s wives during her husband Joe Knollenberg’s 16 years in the House of Representatives.


Sandie Knollenberg and Lisa Miller

Produced by:

Andrea Swalec

Comments [2]

Josh from TX

You can hear Ron Paul talk about his discussions with Rand and his family moving to DC in this Dylan Ratigan interview.

Not the most accurate picture to use for your article considering Rand Paul is not leaving his family at home.

Jan. 06 2011 08:35 PM

Rand Paul, the person pictured, is leaving his family back in Kentucky because their son has one year left in high school and they don't want him to change schools his senior year.

Jan. 06 2011 06:19 PM

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