After 30 Years, Lawmakers Are No Longer Roomies

Schumer, Durbin, Miller say goodbye to 'Alpha House'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2014 2:20 PM CST
After 30 Years, Lawmakers Are No Longer Roomies
In this 2013 photo, Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Richard Durbin confer on Capitol Hill, possibly about washing the dishes.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

George, Rich, and Chuck have lived like typical roommates for the last 30 years, poking fun at Chuck for dropping crumbs, having heated battles over whether Cheerios or Frosted Mini-Wheats is best, and getting on each other for not picking up after themselves. But last week, they packed up and moved out—because George (Rep. George Miller) is selling the two-story DC home known as "Alpha House," leaving Rich (Sen. Richard Durbin) and Chuck (Sen. Charles Schumer) to look for new digs when they're in town, the New York Times reports. The rowhouse has harbored Democratic lawmakers for three decades and even served as the inspiration for an Amazon Web series, the Hill previously reported.

They've seen some good times (long chats about parenting, White House barbecues during the Reagan era, political strategy sessions) and some bad (e.g., Schumer and Durbin fighting over Democratic leadership positions). Now Miller is heading back to California for retirement, Schumer is moving into an apartment near his daughter, and Durbin is settling into a one-bedroom a few blocks away. "For us, it's the end of an era," says Schumer, while Durbin calls it "the end of America as we know it." (Did you know these seven celebrity pairs lived together?)

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