Staff Mourns Loss of Veteran Democratic Staffer Tim Mitchell
Mitchell served as a Senate staffer for 25 years

Reid said Mitchell was "an institution" and key to passing major legislation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate staffers are mourning the loss of longtime Democratic staffer Tim Mitchell, who passed away Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer.

“My dear friend Tim Mitchell was an institution,” former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote in a Facebook post. “He helped make the Senate function appropriately, and he was integral in helping us pass many pieces of legislation. He was fair and was never pushed around. I will always remember all the good he did for me and the country.”

Cummings Staffer in Critical Condition After Fire That Killed 6 Children
‘They didn’t have a shot,’ Cummings tells reporters about the victims

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cumming said he spoke with staffer Katie Malone’s husband on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ district staffer Katie Malone is in critical condition after a fire at her Baltimore home that killed six of her nine children. 

“It’s hard for me to imagine losing one child. But to lose six in an instant is very, very, very difficult," Cummings said at a news conference Thursday.

Word on the Hill: How Will You Judge Trump’s Inauguration Speech
‘I’m also very much of a germophobe, by the way. Believe me’

President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is almost a week away. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re almost a week away to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and on Wednesday, he gave his first news conference since the election.

The blog analyzed presidential inaugural addresses and ranked them by reading level. The analysis was part of a study of top American speeches, on eight different linguistic scales to figure out the complexity of their syntaxes. Of the inaugural addresses, the analysis found that President George H.W. Bushgave the easiest speech in 1989 while President John Adams gave the most difficult in 1797.

A Heart for Africa
Staff group wants to be part of the conversation on Africa policies

The association's president Diana Konaté is the scheduler for Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

One Capitol Hill staff group attracts members who work in Washington but come from far away. No, not California. Try Africa.

The Congressional African Staff Association is “made up of people who have a heart for Africa,” according to Diana Konaté, the group’s president.

Press Secretaries Group Seeking to Welcome Senate Newcomers
Bipartisan organization gearing up for February trip to New York

The Senate Press Secretaries Association has existed for more than 40 years. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Senators need to work across the aisle if they want to get much done.

The same can be said for their staff members, even the communications shops that alternate between partisan blasts and collaborating on news conferences, hearings and releases about bipartisan legislation.

Thom Tillis Appoints New Legislative Director
Courtney Temple is one of the Senate’s few African-American senior staffers

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced the promotion Sunday of one of the few senior African-American staffers in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has appointed a new legislative director, who will be one of the few African-American senior staffers in the Senate.

Courtney Temple will lead Tillis’ legislative team after she was promoted from legislative assistant to director on Monday. She replaces Katy Talento, who will join President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council, focusing on healthcare policy. 

Word on the Hill: Is Your Resolution to be Healthier?
Here’s what’s happening this week

A sign announces the "Get Fit" program outside Senate Carry-out. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

If your New Year’s resolution is anything along the lines of getting in better shape, the Capitol wants to help you reach your goal.

Today is the launch of the “Get Fit” program in dining areas, especially the Senate Carry-out, judging by the giant sign outside. The program provides meals under certain calorie amounts marked with a big green circle label that reads “FIT.”

Word on the Hill: How to Get Your Photo Taken With the President
115th Congress sees increase in Jesuit-educated lawmakers

From left, President Barack Obama, Florida Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrive at the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday for a meeting of House and Senate Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica S. Wilson knew what to do when she saw an opportunity to take a photograph with President Barack Obama on his way to a meeting with House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday.

In the Capitol Visitor Center, Roll Call photographer Bill Clark caught her waiting for Obama to come down the hallway.

Shared Jewish Faith Binds Hill Staffers
Becca Brukman helps Jewish staffer group create a sense of community

Becca Brukman is deputy press secretary for California Rep. Alan Lowenthal and president of the Congressional Jewish Staffers Association. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If you’re new to Capitol Hill, it can be hard to find others who share your background or values.

One association has created a community based on a shared religious affiliation.

Schumer Builds Press Team for Leader’s Office
Minority leader mixes new and old in communications shop

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, right, and Communications Director Matt House have a new team for 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Fresh off a media whirlwind on his first day as Senate minority leader, Sen. Charles E. Schumer is rolling out his expanded press operation.

The constantly media-conscious New York Democrat is bringing some new faces to the Senate Democratic war room, with other longtime aides taking new or expanded roles.