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The Best Basketball Players Among Current Members of Congress  

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List Rules Vote up the best senators and representatives on the court right now. If you haven't actually played against any of these esteemed gentlemen, then just go with your gut and vote who you THINK would have a good three-pointer.

Even United States Congress members need a way to blow off steam after a day at the office and a lot of them turn to the basketball court to keep in shape and decompress. The Congressional basketball team, the Hill's Angels, is made up of members of Congress who play basketball but there are also representatives and senators who spend their time on the court on their own. Ted Cruz is both a basketball fan and casual player, with a skill set that is doubted by some, though that does not diminish his love of the game. The Hill's Angels play multiple annual charity basketball games, with their big Member of Congress Charity Basketball game raising money for the Hoops for Youth Foundation.

Considering some of these members of Congress are comfortably over fifty years of age, their dedication to and passion for the sport is impressive. Even more impressive are some of their playing abilities, such as Darin LaHood's (R-Ill) reliable free throws or how Cedric Richmond (D-La) has a reputation as a star player both on the court and on the baseball field.

Cedric Richmond is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Basketball Players Among Current Members of Congress
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Known to play one-on-one against Majority Whip Scalise, Richmond played on the 19th annual Member of Congress Charity Basketball Game in September 2017, getting some of the most playing time. He is also has been the starting Democratic pitcher for five years in the Congressional Baseball game.

Cedric Levon Richmond is an American politician in the Democratic Party who has been the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district since 2011. His district includes most of New Orleans. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 46

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Party (if partisan): Democratic

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Steve Scalise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Basketball Players Among Current Members of Congress
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A known figure on the court and known for playing one-on-one against Louisiana Representative Cedric Richmond, Scalise is also a member of the Republican team for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Due to injuries from an assassination attempt, he was unable to participate in the 19th annual Member of Congress Charity Basketball Game in September 2017.

In 2017, the Heart of a Warrior MVP Steve Scalise Award was announced and given to John Byrd of the Business Coalition for Fair Competition.

Stephen Joseph "Steve" Scalise is the current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district, serving since 2008. He is a member of the Republican Party and the chairman of the 170-member conservative House Republican Study Committee. Prior to his congressional tenure, Scalise served for four months in the Louisiana State Senate and twelve years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. On June 19, 2014, Scalise was elected by his Republican colleagues to serve as Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives. He assumed office on August 1. He is the first Louisianan in the Majority Whip's position since ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican

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Ryan Costello is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Basketball Players Among Current Members of Congress
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Leading the Congressional basketball team, the Hill's Angels, Costello has played in both the 31st Annual Home Court Charity Basketball Game against Georgetown Law faculty and staff in 2018, and in the 19th annual Member of Congress Charity Basketball Game in September 2017.

Ryan Anthony Costello is the United States Representative for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district, elected in 2014. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

Party (if partisan): Republican

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Will Hurd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Basketball Players Among Current Members of Congress
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A freshmen member of the Congressional basketball team, the Hill's Angels, Marshall played in the 19th annual Member of Congress Charity Basketball Game in September 2017.

William Ballard Hurd is the United States Representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district, elected in 2016. Taking office in 2015, he is the first Black Republican Texas has elected to Congress. Focusing on bipartisan cybersecurity and technology bills, he ranked third in his first term in House members who had the most bills passed. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Party (if partisan): Republican

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