Alex Gangitano

Congress' 'Athletics Director' Kicks Off College Football Caucus
Roger Williams brings together members passionate about college football

Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams has found another way to bring his love of sports to his work in Congress — this time teaming up with Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell to launch the College Football Caucus.

“Between the baseball caucus, football caucus and coach of the baseball team, guys are starting to call me the athletics director of Congress,” Williams said.

Word on the Hill: Roll Out the Blue Carpet
Maya Rudolph talks legislation on Capitol Hill

A star-studded event in Washington today will award $1 million in college scholarships to outstanding young people, as decided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Ballerina Misty Copeland, singer Ashanti, model Damaris Lewis, retired football player Andre Reed and ABC’s Paula Faris will celebrate the six young finalists at the 69th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year gala. One of them will be honored as the Youth of the Year.

Tuesday Trivia: Female Testimony
How well do you know your women's rights advocates?

Who was the first woman to testify before a congressional committee?

A. Susan B. Anthony

What to Do When You Think Your Boss Is Going to Lose the General Election
House staffers have until Jan. 2, Senate staffers until March 2

The polling numbers aren’t looking good. Your boss has been consistently listed as vulnerable. Do you send out your resume?

Well, there are different routes you can take.

Word on the Hill: Team Poe
Donate books and watch tonight's debate on the Hill

No matter the party, members of Congress will root for their colleagues in times of need.

#TeamPoe bracelets are making their way through the Capitol. The office of Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is handing them out to members to show their support for the congressman who has leukemia.

Hoyer on African American Museum Dedication: 'That’s Inspiration'
Minority whip joins lawmakers at official opening of newest Smithsonian museum

President Barack Obama dedicated the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday as the doors to the newest Smithsonian building on the National Mall officially opened to the public.

The ceremony — which included remarks from former President George W. Bush and Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as well as readings from Oprah Winfrey and actor Will Smith — featured a 31-minute speech by Obama.

Roll Call's Guide to the National Museum of African American History and Culture
 

Senior Editor David Hawkings and Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano discuss their experience previewing the new Smithsonian museum opening Sept. 24th. In an attempt to manage crowds and a large interest from the public, the museum has issued "timed passes" and many weekday passes are taken through mid-November (you'll have to wait even longer for weekends.) If you can't make it to the museum for awhile, Roll Call has your in with this video....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Members Misspelling at a Bee and the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano gives her week-in-review on the Hill, from reigning spelling bee champion Rep. Don Beyer Jr. dropping out first in the Politicians v. Press Spelling Bee, to Sen. Ron Wyden’s office pug winning a cute pet award.

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Word on the Hill: Staffers Share Resumes
Paul plays with babies and where to watch Monday's debate

The House Democrats’ official online resume bank has been relaunched, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., announced. Staffers can not only submit their resumes but they can also browse new job openings on the announcements board as the transition to the 115th Congress approaches.

First launched in 2012, the site has received 7,000 resume submissions in the years since, and has helped increase diversity in hiring with more than 2,600 queries performed on the demographics data field when House staff browse resumes, according to Hoyer's press release. 

Press Victorious Over Politicians in Spelling Bee
Ted Deutch was last politician standing, while Don Beyer struck out first

Journalists beat the reigning champion lawmakers in the “Politicians v. Press Spelling Bee” at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, the last politician standing, lost in Round 12 by misspelling “jambalaya” with a “g”, while Art Swift of Gallup won for the journalists by correctly spelling “apothecary.”

Word on the Hill: Debate Prep
McCaul and Van Hollen honored at Golden Toast

In order to fully embrace debate season, OPI and Georgetown Cupcake have some treats for every political junkie out there.

In your preparation for Monday’s debate, check out nail polish company OPI’s Washington collection, which includes colors like ‘Madam President,’ ‘Squeaker of the House’ and ‘Pale to the Chief.’

Veterans Work on And off the Hill for One Staffer
Staffer Ami Sanchez is a member of Team Red, White and Blue

For Ami Sanchez, military veterans represent the intersection of her work inside and outside her Capitol Hill office.

Sanchez, 35, is minority general counsel for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she is a member of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit that connects veterans through physical and social activities.

Edison Revealed — By Accident
Sheet covering new Edison statue falls off just before the dedication ceremony

Guests at the dedication of the Thomas Edison statue in the Capitol on Wednesday got a sneak peak — by mistake.

Five minutes before the start of the Statuary Hall ceremony, the fabric covering the statue accidentally dropped.

Take Five: Sen. Gary Peters
Michigan Democrat drove a motorcycle across his state

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, 57, talks motorcycles, his childhood paper route and Michigan’s breweries.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby?

Word on the Hill: How Do You Spell Cloture?
Edison statue, childhood education panel and opioid awards

Three years ago, vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was on a different kind of big stage.

Kaine was the victor of the 2013 “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee, an honor shared by few others. Last year, fellow Virginia Democrat Don Beyer Jr. took home the gold.

Congressional Buddies Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble Talk Friendship
 

Retiring Reps. Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble have been close friends since their first days in office. The two Republicans look back on their relationship, look forward to riding motorcycles together and visiting one another’s home states.

Roll Call sat down with the Republican duo to hear about how they became buddies at the Capitol.

Word on the Hill: Pet Night
Bowling for sick kids and honoring federal workers

Staffers and members have yet another opportunity to see cute animals at work.

The annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill is at 5:30 p.m. in the Cannon Caucus Room and features therapy animals for petting and playing.

Generation Gap: Can Clinton and Trump Reach Millennials?
Attitudes, timing and social media all play a factor

Millennials played a big part in getting President Barack Obama into the White House. But they aren't nearly as enthusiastic about their choices to succeed him.

Not only do candidates have to engage this demographic, they have to find them first. The groundbreaking methods of media engagement that the Obama campaign used in 2008 are no longer applicable to millennials. That's because of innovations in social media in the eight years since.

Congressional Buddies Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble Talk Friendship
The retiring Republicans look back on their time in Congress

Retiring Reps. Scott Rigell of Virginia and Reid Ribble of Wisconsin have been close friends since their first days in office. The two Republicans look back on their relationship and look forward to riding motorcycles together and visiting each other’s home states.

Rigell: It was actually the day that we were being sworn in. Right before my name and the clerk calls out, “Ribble” and it was a little obscure but there was no response. I genuinely was thinking, as was my family, that she had mispronounced my name and I was at that time supposed to say, “Mr. Boehner.” And my mind was processing. And then, Mr. Ribble actually said, “Boehner!” And I went, “Phewf!”

Word on the Hill: Byrd is Back
McGinty and Ross join senators in New York; Lewis honored in Philadelphia

The traveling exhibit on the life of late West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert C. Byrd has made it to Capitol Hill.

From Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, the exhibit will be in the Russell Rotunda. The exhibit is full of digital representation of documents and photographs of the former senator in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2017.