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A Stuffed Bear, a Trump Air Kiss and More: 33 Photos That Defined 2016
The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

1. Jan. 5: Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern has his shoes shined by Vinson Gales in the basement of the Cannon Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Bill Clark and Tom Williams
CQ Roll Call

With 2016 almost in the books, Roll Call is taking a look through its photo archives for some of our best images of the year.

Pelosi Has Support of Four-Fifths of Members Needed to Beat Tim Ryan
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan has 12 endorsements to Pelosi’s 80

Nancy Pelosi faces Ohio’s Tim Ryan for the House Democratic leadership position on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had garnered public endorsements from at least 80 Democratic members — four-fifths of the total she needs to hold onto her leadership post.

The Californian, who has been the top Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who had only 12 public endorsements as of 8:30 p.m. 

Clarke, Richmond Officially Running for Black Caucus Chairmanship
Other CBC leaders also look to move up the ladder

New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke is seeking the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reps. Yvette D. Clarke of New York and Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana have both officially filed their intent to run for the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to a notice obtained by Roll Call. 

The CBC will elect its chairman and other leaders during an organizational meeting Wednesday around noon, following leadership elections for the  House Democratic Caucus. The CBC is mostly comprised of House Democrats, but Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker are also members. 

Helping Hill Communicators Communicate Better
Jessica Gail is the new chairwoman of DCNet

Jessica Gail, left, and her mentee, Emily Latimer, right, are in constant contact. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jessica Gail became the chairwoman of the Democratic Communicators Network in August. By day, she’s the communications director for Indiana Democratic Rep. André Carson.

The network, commonly called DCNet, was started in 2007 by Will Jenkins, who worked on the Hill for five years and is now in public affairs at the White House.

Can't Figure Out Your Hill Job? There's an Outlet for That
Omair Mirza's new group helps legislative assistants learn about their jobs

Omair Mirza has worked in the office of Rep. Andre Carson for three years. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Omair Mirza found navigating his legislative assistant job difficult when he first got the role.

He started in the office of Indiana Democratic Rep. André Carson as an intern in June 2013. He moved through the ranks from staff assistant to legislative correspondent, and in June 2015, he became a legislative assistant.

Democrats 'Not Worried' About Punishment for House Sit-In, Hoyer Says
McCarthy says 'appropriate measure' is coming soon

Indiana Rep. André Carson conducted an interview via FaceTime on the East Front of the Capitol after House Democrats ended their sit-in in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans may soon take action to condemn or punish Democrats for breaking House rules during a June sit-in on the floor to protest gun violence, but Democrats are not fretting about it, House Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday. 

"I don't know what they're investigating, but in any event, I don't think we're worried," the Maryland Democrat said. 

Pence Could Build Bridges to Social Conservatives, GOP Lawmakers Say
Democrats point to his 'underwater' approval ratings in Indiana

Back in 2011 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., were colleagues. ( Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate would help improve his relations with Congress, particularly its most conservative members concerned with social issues, several Republican lawmakers said Thursday.   

“I think he makes the ticket better immediately,” said House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer, who replaced Pence as the representative of Indiana’s 6th District after Pence left to run for governor.  

Suspect Fires at Police During Chase Near Capitol
Capitol building, House and Senate office buildings locked down briefly

The U.S. Capitol was locked down on Tuesday due to police activity in the area. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A man fired a shot out the window of a car being chased by police during the afternoon rush on Tuesday, prompting a lock down of the U.S. Capitol and its office buildings, authorities said.  

Staffers were notified in an email alert of late afternoon police activity in the area, and ordered those inside the Capitol complex to find a safe location.  

Order in the House
Democrats want a gun bill, while Republicans want decorum

Democratic Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana does an interview via FaceTime on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House members return to Washington on Tuesday with battle lines drawn: Democrats vow to continue disrupting order until they get a vote on a gun control bill they support. Speaker Paul D. Ryan promises to crack down on disorderly conduct.  

A Republican counter-terrorism bill that includes a conservative version of a "no fly, no buy" provision clearly did little to mollify Democratic leaders. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it “toothless,” and a spokeswoman for Whip Steny Hoyer said it was “deeply disappointing.”  

Fast Friends: A House Office Observes Ramadan on One Long, Hot Day
In solidarity with a staff member, Rep. Dan Kildee's office goes a day without eating

Jenan Abu-Hakmeh, left, who works for New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, and Bunyad Bhatti, who works for Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, attend an iftar dinner on a roof deck in Northeast, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are two Muslim members of Congress. Dan Kildee is not one of them.  

But the Michigan Democrat and his staff observed Ramadan for one day this week, inspired by a staff member to give up eating and drinking for 16 hours on one of the longest and hottest days of the year.