Sen. Tim Scott is moving into an office this week that just one other lawmaker has ever occupied. That’s as close to brand-new as you can get in the Senate.
Former Sen. Orrin Hatch moved into Hart 104 when the building first opened in 1982 and vacated the space upon his retirement in December. After 36 years, the suite was packed with personal treasures, including his Book of Mormon, a rifle given to him by the NRA and a recent gift from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Now Scott and his staff will have the chance to make it their own. The South Carolina Republican released a video Thursday afternoon, set to “Movin’ On Up,” the opening song from long-running sitcom “The Jeffersons.”
In the video staff are hauling boxes, dancing, wrapping colleagues in bubble wrap and flopping around while trying to pack up and push items from Scott’s former office to their new digs.
We're moving on up (down) to Hart 104 🎶 pic.twitter.com/pqFJntksRJ— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 31, 2019
Technically, Scott is moving down, no matter what the song says. His old office was Hart 717, so he’ll be spared a lot of stairs in his new spot.
Hatch gave Roll Call a behind-the-scenes look at his office before he left. (Sen. Scott, let us know when you’re all moved in. We want to see all your Palmetto State decor.)
Another move with fun history is Hawaii Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, who is headed to Hart 713. There’s a home-state connection, because the office once belonged to Barack Obama. He was representing Illinois, but we’ll count his Hawaiian roots for this office shuffle. The suite was most recently occupied by Sen. Sherrod Brown.