In part, here's how Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer described it:
The incoming representatives were given huge, three-ring binders stuffed with briefing papers, "about the same size" as the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive playbook, said South Jersey Republican Jon Runyan, a retired lineman for the football team. "I'm sure that's not all of it either."Click here to read the entire story.
The GOP will take over the majority, having gained 60 seats now held by Democrats, on the strength of voter frustration over the economy and government spending, and with the aid of the tea party activists.
At least 35 of these new lawmakers bring no experience in elective office to Capitol Hill, the largest number of true rookies in decades.
Besides Runyan, they include a dentist, a pilot, a pizza shop owner, a minister, and a reality TV star.