Three House Members Wearing New Rings in the 111th
There was a whole lotta lovin' going on over the holidays for three members of Congress in particular.
Perhaps most notably, rising Democratic star and - until now - heartthrob bachelor Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), 41, got married on New Year's Day to Tara Johnson, the state outreach coordinator for Alabama's forestry commission.
The two were married in a small ceremony at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery. Their wedding fell on the second anniversary of their first date, according to Davis spokeswoman Sarah Kate Sullivan.
Clearly there wasn't time for a leisurely honeymoon between their wedding day and yesterday, when Davis was due back on Capitol Hill. But at least the new bride will get to go to her choice of inaugural balls on Jan. 20 since Davis, a confidante of Barack Obama, is serving as an honorary co-chairman of the presidential inauguration.
The other newlywed is Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who won a special election last March to fill the remaining term of former House speaker Dennis Hastert and was reelected in November. Foster, 53, quietly remarried just after Thanksgiving.
The neophyte pol married fellow physicist Aesook Byon, who currently works for Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y. Byon and Foster met years ago while working at Fermilab, where the congressman was a physicist for 22 years.
Meanwhile, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) is also getting remarried. She got engaged over the Christmas break to James Cieslak, a retired Marine colonel and former Delta Airlines captain, who we noticed seemed rather comfortable with the congresswoman at her annual holiday party last month.
No details on the proposal, but we do know Cieslak, a widower and father of two, properly "proposed to Ms. Tauscher" over the holiday break, according to a brief statement released by her office. Tauscher, who turned 57 in November, and Cieslak, were "introduced at a family function in the fall of 2007 by Ms. Tauscher's sister Sally," the statement said.
Details of the wedding will be forthcoming, her office adds.
Mary Ann Akers
January 6, 2009; 4:42 PM ET
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