First Order of Business for Two Freshman House Democrats: Buck the Party

Gwen Graham and Brad Ashford brandish their political independence during their first week in Congress.

Representative-elect Brad Ashford, a Democrat from Nebraska, gestures after picking number 11 in the member-elect room lottery draw on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

First-term Democratic Representatives Gwen Graham and Brad Ashford are showing an early willingness to buck their party's liberal majority and align with some Republican priorities.

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