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Rep. Issa, who runs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is quickly becoming the leading tech giant on Capitol Hill.

Issa has become a driving force in bringing technological thinking to the halls of Capitol Hill. He just gets it — something you often hear people who work for innovative companies around town talking about. From how he uses technology to his actual policy positions, Issa has emerged as a clear leader in D.C.’s tech scene. [via HuffPo]

Congrats to Seamus Kraft and Justin LoFranco who help run the Oversight Committee digital shop.

Anyone have a phone book? [via WaPo]

We’ve heard of witness intimidation, and now we know one of Congress’ secrets to making those testifying before committees feel a bit … overmatched: low-slung chairs.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins found herself on an unfamiliar side of the dais Thursday when she testified before a subcommittee of the Ways and Means committee—of which she is a member. The Kansas Republican, used to sitting among the members of the committee, instead sat in a witness chair to discuss expiring tax provisions. Jenkins is a CPA and the sponsor of a bill extending tax breaks for short-line railways.

But Jenkins, when called on, had trouble even seeing over the top of the table in front of her. “I would refer to my notes,” she said, “But I can’t see them. I’m wondering if there’s a phone book or something I could sit on.”

Can you spot Rep. Jenkins in this picture?

(March 20, 2012 – Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

Next stop: A flowbee.

Disgraced former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, reviled for his costy coifs on the campaign trail, now places his strands in the hands of the pros at Supercuts.

Edwards, who in his political heydey went to stylist Joseph Torrenueva, whose Beverly Hills salon charges $300 to $500 per cut, now goes to Supercuts in Raleigh, NC, for a $12.95 job, employees say.

via NY Post

Big news in Cantorland. [via Politico]

Veteran Republican operative Doug Heye is joining Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s press office as deputy chief of staff.

Heye, who was most recently an adviser to the Iowa Republican party, fills the spot of Brad Dayspring, who left the Virginia Republican’s office and joined the YG Action Network super PAC. Heye will be responsible for overseeing the Cantor press operation, which has four other staffers.

Congrats, Doug!