How to Congratulate @Duke_MBB: Federal Official Edition

As the waning seconds ticked off the clock in last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game, we — like any tech-savvy Duke fans — took to Twitter to watch the praise (and a little criticism) pour in from around the globe. Clearly we were not alone, as ‘Duke’ was still trending world-wide as of lunchtime Tuesday. Former players, celebrities, ecstatic alumni, and – yes – even federal officials chimed in with commentary on the night’s game. ICYMI, don’t worry, here’s a cheat sheet of how lawmakers said congratulations to the Duke University men’s basketball team — the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions.

Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Duke’s representative in Congress, tweeted a quick congrats to the team:

Then sent a friendly reminder to Representative Mark Pocan (R-WI), who represents Wisconsin’s campus, of their Monday afternoon wager.

Duke faculty member Rep. David E. Price (D-NC) gave a nod to the three weeks of outstanding basketball:

Both Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) pointed out that, contrary to some rumors, Duke really does lie in North Carolina (not New Jersey):

Then there are those members of Congress who are also members of the Duke alumni family, Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA, T ’80) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL, T ’77):

And while the Blue Devils busted President Obama’s bracket, his former opponent Mitt Romney (who will visit Duke later this week) wished he would have bet bigger on the team: