Frederica Wilson took to the floor of the House Wednesday in a dark suit trimmed in red sparkles -- but without its matching red-sequined hat.
The Miami Democrat renown for her penchant for wearing hats took off the cowboy chapeau in deference to House rules. She's said she still wants to wear her hat on the House floor, but will wait to pursue the matter. She is, however, likely to wear the hat for today's ceremonial swearing-in -- that one isn't done on the House floor.
But the hat made the trip to the Capitol: a staffer carried it and Wilson was snapped wearing it at the Congressional Black Caucus swearing-in, where she sat next to Republican Allen West who became the first Republican since the 1990s to join the heavily-Democratic caucus. West told the Washington Post it was a " 'great day', but also acknowledged that he may be at odds with other members of the caucus.
"You bring a different perspective, but I think we're all working toward the same end, which is what is best for our country and within the African-American community," West said.