State of the Union “aisle hogs”: 2013 edition
Every State of the Union, the same group of aisle hogging Congressmen camp out at the House chamber early in the day, in order to land prime real estate for when the President makes his grand entrance.
As Salon's Steve Kornacki explained before the 2011 State of the Union:
There’s a handful of congressmen and -women who always seem to end up perfectly positioned to cross paths with the president — and to get their own faces on national television — as he makes his way in. This is no coincidence. Seating for the State of the Union is not assigned; senators and House members claim their spots on a first come, first served basis. So when you seen a member of Congress standing along the center aisle as the president enters, chances are good that he or she staked out his or her turf early — as in hours early.
The five House members that Salon most often spotted on the aisle, from 2011 and back about ten years, were Dale Kildee, D-Mich., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., with runners-up Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Al Green, D-Texas, and Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio.