Thank you to all who expressed condolences for my aunt. It was appreciated. At least I had a chance to see her again at Thanksgiving.
A word of warning about future chapters - there will be politics! Now, Carl is a fairly middle of the road kind of guy, what we used to call a business Republican. Socially liberal, deficit hawk, strong on defense. Most of them have been run out of Congress in the last 10 years, but at the time when Carl gets into Congress there were still quite a few around.
However, there is no possible way to write a story where Carl goes into politics without writing about politics! It can't be done! The important thing to look for is not what his positions are, but how he navigates the rapids and gets things accomplished. Whether you agree with his positions, or other members of his party, what does he accomplish and how does he accomplish it? That will prove the interesting part.
A comment on chapter length. Chapters are as long as they need to be. You can't specify a chapter will be X words long, when that puts you on a totally different topic or scene. Some chapters are longer than others. I try to break chapters where it makes sense in the story flow.