Best Members of Congress

There are "public servants." Then there are people who actually serve.

By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 18, 2008 4:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's easy, and usually fun, to bash members of Congress. But what about those who deserve praise? Esquire picks some favorites, starting with Rep. Henry Waxman of California; the Democrat has long been the sole member not only criticizing the Bush team's missteps but actually investigating them. Then there's principled Republican Mike Pence of Indiana, a maverick of the kind lost when McCain went all presidential.

Also present at roll call:

  • Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona: A true conservative Republicans should learn from, and liberals will like his stance on privacy.
  • Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Missouri: In military affairs, we like Ike, and the next president should listen to him.
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine: “People don’t live by ideology alone,” she says. “They live by solutions.” Enough said.
  • Rep. Artur Davis, D-Alabama: America’s real postracial black politician; look for Davis in the governor’s mansion soon.
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Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, with Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.
Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, with Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, talks in his office about running for governor of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday Aug. 12, 2008.
Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, talks in his office about running for governor of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday Aug. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a hearing of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a hearing of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo)
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., speaks during a press conference at the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Sunday, April 1, 2007.
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., speaks during a press conference at the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Sunday, April 1, 2007.   (AP Photo)
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., questions Gen David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., questions Gen David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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