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On the Road: Mississippi Politics

Ashton Ware, 9, looks at stickers for Gene Taylor, Republican candidate for the 4th District of Mississippi in Hattiesburg on May 28. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(300x300) This trip through Mississippi had a lot of challenges. Missing candidates, late schedules and zealous handlers can make it tough to get informative and creative images, and this swing through the Magnolia State might have generated more stories than art.  

I was looking forward to covering Senate candidate Chris McDaniel because his campaign events sounded promising. We arrived bright and early in Philadelphia, Miss., at gas station/diner for a sit down with some locals at 7 a.m. While we were waiting, my colleague Kyle Trygstad  interviewed a friendly gentleman (almost everyone I met was friendly) who told us the campaign had informed the locals that McDaniel wouldn’t be coming.  

Meeting Real Life Heroes

Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, a member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, talks with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., about legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I had the privilege of photographing some World War II vets this week. One 98-year-old gentleman was a co-pilot in the initial bombing runs over Japan. He was retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, a member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, who is originally from Ohio. The Raiders were B-25 bomber pilots who volunteered for the first offense action against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Behind the Photo: Tom Williams' Favorite Photos

Representative John Boehner, R-Ohio, smokes a cigarette after a news conference in Sterling, Va., on September 23, 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this installment of our “Behind the Photo” series, photographer Tom Williams discusses his favorite photos he's taken over years on Capitol Hill.  

Williams has made a tradition of sending friends, via social media, archive photos that he's captured from moments around the hill on their birthdays. "I just had all these pictures accumulated that maybe I got around to email the person, maybe I didn't," Williams said. "Pictures of staff and pictures of the reporters are, a lot of times, the best pictures you got out of the event. ... So when someone's birthday comes up, that's a great way to get that image out there."  

Police Week: We Remember

Ofc. Marina Molina of the New York Police Department breaks down as she listens to the names of fallen officers from the state of New York during the 21st Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service, held on May 15, 2002. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Click on the photo to make it larger.

People were very emotional at the first Peace Officer Memorial after 9/11. The thing I remember is that Ofc. Molina held her salute throughout the reading of the New York officers killed in the attacks, with the majority being from the Port Authority and the NYPD. Most put their hands down at some point. I kept thinking she physically couldn't keep her arm up because it would be impossible to hold — but she did.  

My View of West Virginia

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The West Virginia House and Senate campaigns officially start after the primary elections on Tuesday . I was sent to cover some of the candidates in April and caught some great moments.  

   

Photos of the Week: May 5

Senate chaplain Barry Black considers his next move during the Chess Challenge on the Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

   

Each week our award winning photojournalists Tom Williams and Bill Clark take hundreds of shots around the Capitol. A select group of those are filed into our archive. Few from that group make it into our paper and on to the website. Each week, we choose photos that may not have made it through the process and present them as our photos of the week. You may find some news you missed from around the Hill. Luckily, Roll Call was there to capture the moments for you.  

Behind the Photo: Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Tom Williams has been covering Washington for Roll Call since 2000 and is an award-winning photographer. Since he started at Roll Call, he has covered a number of major stories, including races for the White House and Senate seats, the Gulf Coast oil spill and national party conventions. He has been interested and involved in photography since he was a teenager and he used his friends and family, especially his grandfather, as his subjects to photograph. In the first installment of our series, “Behind the Photo,” Williams discusses the challenges of shooting on Capitol Hill. “I like it because it’s a challenge,” Williams said.  

Williams talks about the restrictions that are placed on the photographers that make it challenging to do their jobs. Many places where “a lot of the action is,” Williams explains, are where photographs by media organizations are prohibited.