Reporters from Bloomberg News and CQ Roll Call will serve as the newest members of the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Congressional Press Galleries.
On Thursday, 203 credentialed reporters cast ballots in the annual elections. Kate Hunter of Bloomberg News and Emily Ethridge of CQ Roll Call won the most votes in the three-way race, besting Marisa Schultz of The Detroit News.
Hunter and Ethridge will serve two-year terms starting Jan. 22. They join Siobhan Hughes of the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones, Colby Itkowitz of the Allentown Morning Call and Peter Urban of Stephens Media Group.
The two newest members both campaigned on promises to promote journalists’ access on Capitol Hill and maintain the integrity of the press corps. The committee determines which outlets qualify as “bone fide correspondents of repute in their profession,” according to Senate rules, and allocates credentials and workspace for national political nominating conventions and other major political events.
Hunter has covered Capitol Hill on a daily basis for eight years and currently reports on Senate leadership.
Ethridge covers health care policy with six years of congressional reporting under her belt.
The pair replaces outgoing committee Chairman David Lightman of McClatchy Newspapers, and John Donnelly of CQ Roll Call, the current secretary.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.