The Buzz

What’s in a name?

Rep.

Michele Bachmann’s decision to forgo another term

leaves the door open for Democrat

Jim Graves
in the district

, although

some Republicans think the party’s chances have been enhanced by the Bachmann drop-out.

Wait: The House already has two Graves — we know Sam, from MO 6, and

Tom, from GA 14.

Would a third Graves make that surname the most common in the House?

No.

The House currently has four

Johnsons

, four

Millers

, and four

Smiths

.

But three Graves would put the name in pretty rare territory. The House has three

Bishops

, three

Davises

, three

Rogers

, three

Scotts

, and three

Thompsons

.

There are lots of pairs in the House, including two

Peters

, two

Kings

, and several Irish pairs:

Maloney, McCarthy, Murphy, and Brady

.

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