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  • Courtesy U.S. Rep. Jim Banks Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, displays a mouse killed by a trap in his Capitol Hill office.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:00 pm

Banks traps Capitol Hill office intruder

When Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, took office in January, he let it be known that he found mousetraps in his office in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, Banks wrote on Twitter that "509 Cannon has one less occupant" above a photo of him kneeling in a corner of his office and holding a mousetrap with a dead mouse hanging from it.

His staff said in an email that the freshman lawmaker "has seen several live creatures around the office and is pleased to have finally fought back successfully."

Cannon, built in 1908, is undergoing a massive renovation that began in 2015 and is expected to take 10 years.

Banks added the hashtag #freshmanprobz to his tweet. Other postings in that Twitter category include tweets by college students having problems with "screwy" electricity at a dormitory, losing a deodorant and forgetting where a vehicle was parked.