Abby Livingston

Six Degrees of Terri Sewell

Call her the Kevin Bacon of Congress.  

Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell of Alabama is one of only a handful of people who can say she knew Barack and Michelle Obama before they knew even each other.  

Six Degrees of Terri Sewell

Call her the Kevin Bacon of Congress.

Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell of Alabama is one of only a handful of people who can say she knew Barack and Michelle Obama before they knew even each other.

Lame Duck Offers Brief Fundraising Respite, Sort Of

A handful of Democratic House female members did an absurdly normal thing together one night last week: Instead of splintering off to fundraisers, the group of perennially vulnerable incumbents met for a laid-back dinner at a Thai restaurant on Barracks Row after evening votes.  

For a couple of weeks every other December, the lame duck takes hold of (and relieves campaign obligations from) members of Congress. Some rush to pass last-minute legislation, while other lawmakers just catch a breath after having endured months of the campaign ringer.  

New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.  

Obama, who unveiled an executive action on the issue Thursday night, was set to speak at a high school "to talk about the actions that he’s taken," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters during the flight. Besides Luján, the congressional delegation riding on Air Force One was comprised of members of leadership, high-profile Hispanic members and Nevadans.  

Members Rush to Recruit Freshmen to Softball Team

Think it's too early for softball? Think again.  

Veteran members of the Congressional Women's Softball Team fanned out across Washington last week to recruit members-elect to their softball team. They square off each summer against the Bad News Babes, a team of reporters, in a fundraiser for the Young Survival Coalition breast cancer charity.  

Democrats Look for Comebacks From Members Ousted in 2010

Democrats are looking to two former members — both of whom lost re-election in 2010 — as potential recruits for 2016, according to three senior House Democratic operatives.  

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recruitment officials have discussed ex-Reps. Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania and Michael E. McMahon of New York as potential candidates this cycle.  Despite the party's drubbing earlier this month, Democrats have high hopes for recruitment next cycle. Throughout the 2014 cycle, operatives said privately that potential candidates passed on campaigns because they thought they would have a better chance in 2016, with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton possibly at the top of the ballot.  

Kelly Ward Will Stay on as DCCC Executive Director

Newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján said Kelly Ward will stay on as executive director of the committee for the second straight cycle.  

In an interview with CQ Roll Call earlier this week, Luján said he hoped Ward would stay for another stint at the top of the committee tasked with helping Democrats regain a majority of seats in the House. On Thursday, Luján announced Ward had accepted the position, and noted she is the first person to spend two consecutive cycles as a DCCC leader.  

Members Rush to Recruit Freshmen to Softball Team

Think it’s too early for softball? Think again.

Veteran members of the Congressional Women’s Softball Team fanned out across Washington last week to recruit members-elect to their softball team. They square off each summer against the Bad News Babes, a team of reporters, in a fundraiser for the Young Survival Coalition breast cancer charity.

The Survivor: How Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Held On

Republican operatives called her race "cooked." One national news organization put her chances at victory of 12 percent. After all, voters in Arizona's 1st District had already fired Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick once before — in a toxic climate in 2010.  

But as House Democrats fell across the country on Nov. 4, Kirkpatrick didn't just win re-election. She expanded her margin from 2012, proving naysayers wrong thanks to one, simple political maxim: To win, a candidate has to be better than his or her opponent.  

The Survivor: How Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Held On

Republican operatives called her race “cooked.” One national news organization put her chances at victory of 12 percent. After all, voters in Arizona’s 1st District had already fired Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick once before — in a toxic climate in 2010.

But as House Democrats fell across the country on Nov. 4, Kirkpatrick didn’t just win re-election. She expanded her margin from 2012, proving naysayers wrong thanks to one, simple political maxim: To win, a candidate has to be better than his or her opponent.

Pelosi Chooses Ben Ray Luján as DCCC Chairman (Updated)

Updated 4:47 p.m. | In a shock to her caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2016 cycle.  

Luján will lead his caucus' political arm and all aspects of the campaign to take back the gavel: fundraising, messaging, recruiting and getting out the vote.  

Pelosi Meets With 5 Potential DCCC Chairmen

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has met with five possible contenders to run the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2016, according to her office, though she has not decided whom she will ultimately select.  

On Thursday, Pelosi met with Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Jim Himes of Connecticut and Joaquin Castro of Texas. Also per her office, Pelosi had a meeting Tuesday with Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, and she met Friday with Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland.  

Democrats Eyeing 5 House Race Rematches in 2016

There’s no rest for the weary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to name the new committee chairman for 2016, but the DCCC is already getting a jump on recruiting during the final days of New York Rep. Steve Israel’s tenure.  

Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Reveals Top Targets for 2016

Fresh off a historic House majority , National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said he is already pivoting to focus on protecting the incoming GOP members elected last week.  

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call, Walden said his main priority will be defending the seats — at least 244 — his party captured on Election Day.  

Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Reveals Top Targets for 2016

Fresh off a historic House majority, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said he is already pivoting to focus on protecting the incoming GOP members elected last week.

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call, Walden said his main priority will be defending the seats — at least 244 — his party captured on Election Day.

Martha McSally Declares Victory as Race Heads to Recount

Retired Air Force Col. Martha E. McSally, a Republican, retained a small lead over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber Wednesday, as initial ballot-counting ended in Arizona's 2nd District.  

McSally leads Barber by 161 votes, according to a local affiliate . As a result, the race will automatically go to a recount, because it is within a 200-vote margin mandated by Arizona law. The Associated Press has not yet called the race in McSally's favor, but the Republican claimed victory on Wednesday night.  

Republican Concedes Tight New York House Race

After an election night scare, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of New York won a 15th term Wednesday when her Republican rival conceded the race.  

The race was close — currently 869 votes  — and officials tabulated ballots for almost a week after Election Day. Slaughter's razor-slim margin over Republican Mark Assini shocked Democrats and Republicans — both of whom were surprised by the close race.  

Georgia Senator to Seek Re-Election

Johnny Isakson will seek a third term in the Senate and will soon launch his campaign.  

The Georgia Republican will kick off his campaign on Nov. 17 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, according to an email to supporters. Only a week ago, the Peach State found itself at the center of the fight for the Senate. Democrats invested heavily in the bid of their candidate, Michelle Nunn. Republican David Perdue prevailed, holding retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss' seat for the GOP.  

The Best Congressional Campaigns of 2014

As a national Republican wave crested on Election Day, there were several campaigns in both parties that stood out as outstanding operations.  

The GOP expanded its House majority and obtained control of the Senate. As a result, more Republican campaigns emerged deserving of the spotlight. But there were also several Democratic operations worthy of recognition.  

1 Senate, 5 House Races Still Too Close to Call (Updated)

Updated Nov. 11, 7:35 a.m. |  A week after Election Day, six races remain too close to call as local officials continue to count mail-in and provisional ballots.  

On Nov. 4, Republicans took control of the Senate by picking up seven seats so far, while House Republicans have picked up a net of 12 seats to date.