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AllPolitics is presenting the freshmen of the 105th Congress every day between now and January. Here's who we've done so far:

Jeff Sessions (R)
Tim Hutchinson (R)
Wayne Allard (R)
Max Cleland (D)
Richard Durbin (D)
Sam Brownback (R)
Pat Roberts (R)
Mary Landrieu (D)
Susan Collins (R)
Chuck Hagel (R)
New Jersey
Robert Torricelli (D)
Gordon Smith (R)
Rhode Island
Jack Reed (D)
South Dakota
Tim Johnson (D)
Mike Enzi (R)

3-Bob Riley (R)
4-Robert Aderholt (R)
1-Marion Berry (D)
2-Victor F. Snyder (D)
3-Asa Hutchinson (R)
10-Ellen Tauscher (D)
22-Walter Holden Capps (D)
24-Brad Sherman (D)
27-James E. Rogan (R)
46-Loretta Sanchez (D)
1-Diana DeGette (D)
4-Robert Schaffer (R)
5-James Maloney (D)
2-Allen Boyd (D)
11-Jim Davis (D)
19-Robert Wexler (D)
3-Leonard Boswell (D)
5-Rod Blagojevich (D)
7-Danny K. Davis (D)
20-John Shimkus (R)
7-Edward Pease (R)
10-Julia Carson (D)
1-Jerry Moran (R)
2-Jim Ryun (R)
3-Vince Snowbarger (R)
3-Anne Meagher Northup (R)
5-John Cooksey (R)
7-Chris John (D)
3-James McGovern (D)
6-John Tierney (D)
10-William Delahunt (D)
1-Tom Allen (D)
8-Debbie Stabenow (D)
15-Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D)
3-Charles "Chip" Pickering Jr. (R)
7-Roy Blunt (R)
8-Jo Ann Emerson (I)
9-Kenny Hulshof (R)
At Large-Rick Hill (R)
New Hampshire
1-John E. Sununu (R)
New Jersey
8-William Pascrell Jr. (D)
9-Steven Rothman (D)
12-Mike Pappas (R)
New York
4-Carolyn McCarthy (D)
2-Jim Gibbons (R)
North Carolina
2-Bob Etheridge (D)
4-David E. Price (D)
7-Mike McIntyre (D)
6-Ted Strickland (D)
10-Dennis Kucinich (D)
3-Wes Watkins (R)
2-Bob Smith (R)
5-Darlene Hooley (D)
5-John Peterson (R)
16-Joseph R. Pitts (R)
Rhode Island
2-Robert Weygand (D)
South Dakota
At Large-John Thune (R)
1-Bill Jenkins (R)
9-Harold E. Ford Jr. (D)
1-Max Sandlin (D)
2-Jim Turner (D)
5-Pete Sessions (R)
12-Kay Granger (R)
14-Ron Paul (R)
15-Ruben Hinojosa (D)
16-Silvestre Reyes (D)
2-Merrill Cook (R)
3-Chris Cannon (R)
5-Virgil H. Goode Jr. (D)
9-Adam Smith (D)
3-Ron Kind (D)
8-Jay W. Johnson (D)
Michigan - 15th District

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.)

Born: June 25, 1945, Detroit, Mich.
Education: Ferris State U., A.A. 1965; Western Michigan U., B.S. 1968; U. of Michigan, M.S. 1972.
Occupation: Teacher.
Family: Divorced; two children.
Religion: Baptist.
Political Career: Mich. House, 1979-97; sought Democratic nomination for Mich. Senate, 1994.
Capitol Office: 503 Cannon Bldg. 20515; 225-2261.

By Congressional Quarterly

A former schoolteacher and veteran of the state Legislature, Kilpatrick had to take on incumbent Democrat and one-time political ally Barbara-Rose Collins before claiming this seat, which represents downtown Detroit and some of the city's tonier northeastern suburbs.

Kilpatrick, who served 17 years in the state House before winning her congressional seat, was careful never to criticize Collins directly. Instead she frequently reminded voters of her own legislative experience and commitment to good government, strongly implying that a time for new leadership had arrived.

In Lansing, Kilpatrick had earned a reputation as a careful and thoughtful lawmaker with a knack for working across party lines to get things done.

Allies from her years in the Legislature say she was well-known for her expertise in education, gained during the eight years she taught in Detroit's public school system.

But Kilpatrick also managed to distinguish herself by mastering the nuances of fiscal and appropriations issues. For example, she once led a coalition of Democratic and Republican lawmakers who were seeking to block a proposal from popular Republican Gov. John Engler, who wanted to halt state funding for local transportation programs.

In Congress, Kilpatrick says she will promote policies designed to support economic development, create new jobs, bolster the wages of working families, and improve the access and affordability of health care, especially for the poor and disadvantaged.

At the urging of Detroit's mayor, Democrat Dennis W. Archer, Kilpatrick is also likely to push for financing for a high-speed rail system and an airport to ease the growing road and air congestion in the city.

Kilpatrick hopes to encourage investment in such projects from her seat on the Banking and Financial Services Committee, where she is expected to be a strong voice for boosting the venture capital available to entrepreneurs and other businesses, particularly in large cities such as Detroit.

Kilpatrick also says she is strongly committed to representing the entire district, including upper-class communities such as Grosse Pointe, Hamtramck and Grosse Point Farms.

In recent years, residents of those predominantly white communities have frequently complained that their interests were being ignored in favor of overwhelmingly black Detroit.

Despite her stature in the community and her reputation as an accomplished legislator, Kilpatrick was somewhat reluctant to enter the Democratic primary to run against Collins.

But when Collins became the subject of separate investigations by the House ethics committee and the Justice Department into allegations of ethical and financial misconduct, Kilpatrick felt compelled to step forward.

The road to Washington was not an easy one for Kilpatrick. Five other Democrats filed for a chance at knocking off the incumbent, prompting speculation that such a large field would badly splinter the vote and give Collins a victory, despite her perceived political weaknesses.

Days before the primary, however, Collins helped to ensure her own defeat when she held a fundraiser at a Detroit strip club that featured male and female exotic dancers.

On primary day, Kilpatrick drew a majority of the vote to trounce Collins by a wide margin, leaving the other candidates in the single digits.

Characteristically, Kilpatrick mended fences with Collins shortly thereafter to promote party unity, then turned her attention to the general election campaign and Republican nominee Stephen Hume.

But in a district where Democrats hold an insurmountable advantage in registered voters, Kilpatrick's victory over Hume was virtually ensured by her defeat of Collins, who had come to Congress in 1991, in the primary.

© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.

Missouri - 7th District

Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

Born: Jan. 10, 1950, Niangua, Mo.
Education: Southwest Baptist U., B.S1970; Southwest Missouri State U., M.A. 1972.
Occupation: University president; teacher.
Family: Wife, Roseann; three children.
Religion: Baptist.
Political Career: Greene County clerk, 1972-84; Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, 1980; Mo. secretary of state, 1985-93; sought Republican nomination for governor, 1992.
Capitol Office: 508 Cannon Bldg. 20515; 225-6536.

By Congressional Quarterly

Blunt'S1996 election to the House revived a political career that had seemed over in 1992. After two terms as secretary of state, he ran for the Republican nomination for governor in 1992 and lost to William Webster, who went on to lose to Democratic candidate Mel Carnahan.

A former schoolteacher, Blunt entered politics in 1972 when Gov. (now Sen.) Christopher Bond appointed him Greene County clerk. In 1980, Blunt won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, but he lost in the general election. He was elected secretary of State in 1984 and held that post for eight years, serving under Gov. (now Sen.) John Ashcroft.

After losing the Republican gubernatorial primary in 1992, Blunt disavowed talk of challenging Carnahan in 1996 and instead settled into a post as president of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, from where he had received his bachelor's degree two decades earlier.

But when Rep. Mel Hancock announced his retirement, Blunt re- entered the public arena, announcing his candidacy for the open congressional seat. His opponent in the primary -- the real contest in this strongly Republican district -- was Gary Nodler, a former aide to Hancock's predecessor, Gene Taylor. Nodler had lost the GOP primary to Hancock in 1988 in the race to succeed Taylor.

Blunt touted his experience in running a state agency and private university. Nodler cited his background as a congressional aide and his experience in private business.

With superior name recognition and a bigger bank account, Blunt won the nomination. Both Nodler and Taylor quickly lined up behind Blunt at a news conference outside the Gene Taylor Library in Sarcoxie.

His November victory against Democratic nominee Ruth Bamberger, a professor of political science at Drury College in Springfield, came as no surprise.

As befits the nature of the district, Blunt is a consistent supporter of conservative policies. He supports a balanced-budget constitutional amendment, favors passing legislation requiring a three-fifths majority of both houses of Congress to raise taxes, overhauling welfare, instituting medical savings accounts and lowering taxes on capital gains. He opposes the family leave law, a higher minimum wage, abortion, and the Brady bill's five-day waiting period for handgun purchases. He wants to eliminate the federal government's Goals 2000 program for education.

Blunt supports a constitutional amendment to limit senators to two six-year terms and House members to either three or four two- year terms.

He is willing to look at Medicare and other "sacred cows" in the federal budget in order to eliminate the deficit. He supports efforts to flatten the tax code, eliminating many deductions and brackets, but backs a tax break for individuals who buy their own health insurance.

Blunt is a critic of government regulations he sees as burdensome, and he wants to require that rules be enacted only after businesses and state or local governments prove incapable of solving the problems on their own.

He supports GOP-led efforts to shrink the federal government and shift programs such as welfare and Medicaid to the states and localities. He characterizes many environmental regulations on business as excessive and believes the federal government should compensate landowners for the loss of the use of their land.

Unlike many freshmen, Blunt is no supporter of changing the way congressional campaigns are financed. He opposes public financing and new limits on contributions.

In the 105th Congress, Blunt will have a chance to get involved in a range of issues from his committee seats on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and International Relations.

© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.

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