Want to see the pope?
Call someone in your local congressional delegation.
You likely won’t get the highly coveted seats inside the House chamber, where Pope Francis will make his historic address. Each member has only one guest ticket.
But members of Congress are giving out tickets to let people claim tickets to be on the West Lawn, where the speech will be telecast.
Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, among others, put out the word last week that his office is accepting first-come, first-served requests from residents in his district for tickets to the Sept. 24 address in Washington, D.C.
Those who receive tickets will be contacted by Thursday and must pay their own travel costs and accommodations.
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, has a new namesake.
The pavilion in the newly developed Lakeside Community Park in Highland Village was recently named after the congressman.
“I have deep roots in Highland Village, as I called this city home for a long time,” Burgess said. “I am honored to be recognized here today and look forward to witnessing this park being put to good use by the residents of this city.”
The Congressman Michael C. Burgess Pavilion is in the Lakeside Community Park, 707 Highland Village Road.
Most beautiful Texans
Fort Worth native Kimberly Willingham, the photogenic communications director for U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, got married Aug. 29 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Willingham was originally scheduled to marry last October at the same venue but opted for a summer wedding to Virginia lawyer Taylor Hubbard. The congressman attended.
Willingham got some media attention by making The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful List for the last two years. In 2014, the news outlet ranked her the second-most-beautiful person in political circles. This year, the auburn-haired Willingham was at No. 38. Another Texan, red-haired Taylor Weeks, a legislative aide to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was No. 1.
Local political events
Monday: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at 6 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. An anti-Trump protest, “Dump the Trump,” will be held outside the center at 5 p.m.
Oct. 12: GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at a noon luncheon for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Club.
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