Like so many around the country, Heather Mizeur felt a painful sweep of emotions on January 6 as she watched the U.S. Capitol come under attack—shock, rage, hurt, grief.
A former Democratic state legislator in Maryland, Mizeur has a special affinity for the Capitol: she and her wife met there during their years as Hill staffers. They named their Eastern Shore farm after the famous fresco that adorns the Capitol’s dome: The Apotheosis of Washington.
Underneath that fresco on Jan. 6, members of a violent mob roamed, looking for lawmakers to capture or execute as they attempted to keep President Trump in power through brute force. “The Capitol is like a second home to us,” Mizeur told The Daily Beast. “Jan. 6 happened and it felt like an invasion of our house.”