So it was no surprise that as many Democrats as Republicans expressed sympathy after a gunman shot Rep. Scalise and three others Wednesday morning during the Republican team's practice for the annual congressional baseball game.
Congressman Scott Taylor, who also was not at the baseball practice, expressed gratitude to members of U.S. Capitol Police as part of a tweet he sent Wednesday.
Steve Scalise is my friend and former state legislative colleague.
He said the shooter appeared to be a white male but added that "I saw him for a second or two". "I never thought I'd play a baseball game for charity, got to practice at 6:30 in the morning and have to dodge bullets".
Hodgkinson reportedly emerged from behind the third base dugout, armed with an M4 assault rifle and a pistol, and began shooting.
Davis, who was at bat at the time of the shooting, said he hopes Wednesday marks a turning point in how lawmakers engage in the future.
Brooks said the return fire distracted the gunman until he was downed by the officers.
He said he and his colleagues are secure. The department is investigating the shooting, which went on for about 10 minutes and is said to have been a "deliberate attack". We are lucky Scalise was there because it was his security detail.
Scalise's staff released a statement after the shooting saying Scalise is in "good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone" before going to surgery.
US Capitol Police said the officers wounded while responding to the shooting are expected to survive. "It is clear to me based on various eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost".
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Sc., and Rep. Ron Desantis, R-Fl., were getting into Duncan's vehicle when the man asked them about the political affiliation. "Fortunately, he's a good guy", Brooks said of a Capitol Police officer.
He was helped by other members of Congress, including Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio.