He says there isn't any job that doesn't have its ups and downs.
"I can tell you that there is no doubt in my mind that folks vote in some cases 'yes' or 'no' just to be partisan," he said.
That isn't always best for the country.
He points at a screen in his office as he watches the Senate vote.
The next generation is the only hope for what we see on that tube.
If they are willing to allow this to happen, it will never get fixed.
Benjamin Franklin is correct.
The place won't work if people sit on their hands.
It's very rewarding for people to get involved and I think it's important.
There is a lot of times I hear people.
'Can't' shouldn't be a word in someone's vocabulary.
You can make a difference and it might not take as much work as you think.
If you get involved, you'll make your community, your county, your state, and your country a better place, and the time I'm talking about is that you don't have to do it.
It is possible to do it one evening a month.
The process of party polarization has made parties more significant in Congress.
This refers to the growing ideological differences between the two parties, the greater ideological agreement within the parties, and the lack of members falling in between.
Almost all of the Democrats in Congress are liberal, and the majority of the Republicans are very conservative.
The more conservative the party is in its voting, the more the patterns of party-ideological voting are shown.
The parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives are not the same as they have been in the past.
The Republican Party is more conservative than at any time in its history and this makes it harder for the parties to work together.
Hyperpartisanship has become such a force in congressional voting that members will often vote against their own ideological preferences just to vote against the other side.
While the Democrats held a majority, President Obama was able to get his priorities enacted by the House of Representatives, but solid Republican opposition to anything he favored was enough to block his policy initiatives after the election.
It was nearly impossible for him to get his policies passed in the Senate because of the Republicans' use of the filibuster.
The leaders of Congress are chosen by the majority and minority parties in each house.
The current era has a strong centralized leadership that allows Congress to be more efficient, but it gives less independence to members to take care of their own constituencies or to pursue their own policy preferences.
The Senate is easier to manage because it is a smaller chamber.
Congress has the power to determine how much power the leaders of each chamber have.
The person who presides over floor deliberations is the most powerful member of the House.
The second in command of the House is given wideranging responsibilities to assist the Speaker.
The vice president of the United States can cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, but he doesn't vote.
The longest-serving senator of the majority party is usually the presiding officer when the vice president is not present.
The role is usually performed by a junior member.
The presiding officer in the House has less power than in the Senate because of the freer rules for deliberation on the floor.
The majority leader and minority leader are the real leaders in the Senate.
Both policy and personnel matters are advised by party committees.
Democratic and Republican leaders are assisted by party whips.
Whips are elected by party members and find out how people will vote so that the leaders can adjust the legislation, negotiate acceptable amendments, or use threats to line up support.
Whips work to convince party members to support the party on key bills, and they are active in making sure favorable members are available to vote when needed.
The party members give the leaders the power.
The advantage of a strong leader is that he or she can move legislation, get the party program passed, do favors for members, and improve the party's standing.
The disadvantage is that a strong party leader can pursue national party goals at the expense of members' pet projects and constituency interests.
Over time, the power of the Speaker of the House has changed.
Speaker Joe Cannon's "boss rule" centralized power in the House at the beginning of the twentieth century.
In 1910, members revolted and moved to the committee chairs with great power.
Gingrich was the most powerful Speaker in the modern era.
His House Republican colleagues were willing to give him new powers because of his leadership, which allowed them to take control of the House.
Dennis Hastert, a Republican from Illinois, will replace Gingrich as the Republican congressional spokesman and leader after Gingrich resigned in the wake of the almost unprecedented reversal of the 1998 midterm loss.