After being bumped from his ornate Senate office, though not without a fuss, Sen. Dean Heller has landed a new Capitol home for himself and his staff.
Team Heller will be moving from the Russell office building to the Hart building a block away in the complex, although all the buildings are linked by tunnels and serviced by small subway cars.
Heller settled on 324 Hart after his staff went on a space-scouting mission on Monday. The suite overlooks the Hart atrium, although it does not have a direct view of the famous Alexander Calder sculpture. It also is across from the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
The previous occupant was Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who moved elsewhere in the Hart building.
The Hart building was completed in 1980, making it the newest of the three offices that house senators and Senate committees. While it is the most modern, to some people it does not convey the stateliness of the Russell suites.
Asked what his new office looked like, Heller cracked, “Like every other office in Hart.” A photo above gives a peek inside.
Heller’s move became a fait accompli when Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., claimed the Nevadan’s soon-to-be old office in the Senate’s version of musical chairs affecting lower-seniority senators.
(By the way, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., also has a Hart office, although the Senate majority leader spends most of his time in a U.S. Capitol office.)