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March 13, 2014

Three Congresswoman Share a House in DC

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Three Congresswoman Share a House in DC


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The phenomenon of lawmakers living and working together on Capitol Hill became well known this past fall following the popularity of Alpha House. The Amazon Prime comedy is based on the real life living conditions of Senators Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Representative George Miller, who share a broken down town house on Capitol Hill. But the boys aren't the only ones who enjoy the connivence and camaraderie of living with their workmates.  Three female lawmakers have their own version of this unique living arrangement just a couple of blocks away.

Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Terri Sewell appeared on The Today Show on Wednesday morning to talk about how nice it was to be living with co-workers they consider friends. The trio explained the key to maintaining equilibrium within the house was Maloney tackling the gardening, Wasserman-Schultz doing the cooking, and of course, having completely separate bathrooms.

"When Carolyn lost her husband, when I went through breast cancer, you're coming home everyday, and people think of us as almost robotic, but we have real people's problems and it's been wonderful for us to have each other,” Wasserman-Schultz said of the benefits of their living arrangement.

Malony's husband passed away in 2009, after completing a climbing expedition up Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain, in Tibet. Wasserman-Schultz underwent seven surgeries to combat breast cancer in 2008.

Of course, these Congresswomen don't keep their house in a state of perpetual disarray as their male counterparts are famously known for. “They’re the Alpha House, we're the Zeta House,” Maloney said. “They’re tequila, we're more green tea."

This is not to say of course these Democratic ladies couldn't inspire a television series of their own. In a 2011 interview with the New York Times Maloney said that there was some entertainment industry buzz around their living situation. “I have a friend who used to write for ‘Sex and the City,’ and she wanted to interview us for a sitcom or something,” she said. “But that is not us and it was not the image that we want to portray.”

But never say never. If there were a show about a congressional sorority house, I would probably watch it.

[Image via MSNBC]

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