orientation http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's freshmen in D.C. http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-freshmen-dc <p>It’s Freshmen Orientation today. Congressional freshmen, that is. As Bloomberg News <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-15/house-freshmen-for-2011-gather-as-congress-prepares-to-address-tax-cuts.html">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The 2011 U.S. House freshman class is in Washington for orientation as Congress today opens a lame-duck session to decide whether to extend billions of dollars in Bush-era income-tax cuts.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan has five new U.S. Representatives: Republicans <a href="http://www.benishekforcongress.com/">Dan Benishek</a> (1<sup>st</sup> District), <a href="http://huizengaforcongress.com/">Bill Huizenga</a> (2<sup>nd</sup> District), <a href="http://amashforcongress.com/">Justin Amash</a> (3<sup>rd</sup> District), <a href="http://www.walbergforcongress.com/Home.aspx">Tim Walberg</a> (7<sup>th</sup> District), and Democrat <a href="http://www.senate.mi.gov/clarke/">Hansen Clarke</a> (13<sup>th</sup> District).&nbsp;</p><p>This will actually be Walberg’s 2<sup>nd</sup> orientation as he was first elected to represent the 7<sup>th</sup> District in 2006.&nbsp; He then lost the seat in 2008 to Democrat Mark Schauer but won it back on November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20101113/POLITICS02/11130349/1024/POLITICS03/Michigan-s-5-new-U.S.-reps-set-to-start">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>During the 112th Congress orientation, newly elected members learn the ropes in Washington, from legal issues and standards of conduct to understanding pay and benefits and setting up their offices. Newcomers will pose for a class photo on the Capitol lawn, attend receptions and pick their offices. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:11:47 +0000 Zoe Clark 322 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's freshmen in D.C.