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Elizabeth Brotherton

Bio:

Elizabeth Brotherton writes the Heard on the Hill gossip column for Roll Call, where she chronicles the crazy antics, wild cocktail parties, bad fashion and simply odd moments that make Capitol Hill so unique. Elizabeth also frequently pens feature stories on the culture of Washington.

Prior to her current beat, Elizabeth reported a range of topics for Roll Call, including the Capitol Police, the D.C. voting rights movement, legislative branch appropriations and the Green the Capitol Initiative.

Her work has appeared in the Almanac of the Unelected, the Orange County Register and the Press-Enterprise. A Golden State native, she graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in journalism and political science.

Brotherton no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Elizabeth Brotherton:

Heard on the Hill: Bachmann’s Closed for Business?

Feb. 4, 2011

Most Congressional offices are known for going out of their way to welcome visitors. They typically keep doors open, make guest books available for visitors to sign and even offer treats such as candy or soda from the Member’s district.

Heard on the Hill: CODELs Lead to Friendship

Feb. 4, 2011

Members may have sat with their bipartisan buddies at this year’s State of the Union address, but Rep. Jason Chaffetz says the true test of a friendship is a Congressional delegation.

Heard on the Hill: Lewis Has Some Novel News

Feb. 4, 2011

Rep. John Lewis is about to make history — as a graphic novelist.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Beauty Queen

Feb. 4, 2011

The details of a beauty pageant from one’s youth may be a bit embarrassing, but what’s worse is when photos from the big event begin to surface.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 4, 2011

“Can’t decide which endorsement deal to take. Kleenex, Puffs Plus or Summer’s Eve?”

Heard on the Hill: No Bending Rules, Even for Gates

Feb. 4, 2011

Turns out even one of the richest men on the planet can’t bypass Capitol security.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Grassley’s Sweater Vest Tweets

Feb. 3, 2011

Sen. Chuck Grassley has his own Twitter account, and now his sweater vest has one, too.

Heard on the Hill: Hipsters Everywhere Would Be Proud

Feb. 2, 2011

Rep. Linda Sánchez marked her 42nd birthday on Jan. 28, but she’s not done celebrating. At least her re-election team isn’t.

Heard on the Hill: He’s an Old-Fashioned Reader

Feb. 2, 2011

Rep. Dave Reichert is decidedly old school. When it comes to reading, that is.

Heard on the Hill: Power Meal

Feb. 2, 2011

The Source is the hot place to be these days. We hear Sen. John Ensign broke bread this week at the Asian fusion restaurant owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Heard on the Hill: The Women of CPAC Gather

Feb. 2, 2011

Move over, Rep. Michele Bachmann: Reality TV star Michelle Duggar is coming to the Conservative Political Action Conference in town next week.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Winter Weather Spoils Spring Celebration

Feb. 2, 2011

Celebrity groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow Wednesday morning, signaling his prediction for an early spring. But weather conditions in the beloved rodent’s northwestern Pennsylvania home were so wintry that his Congressman couldn’t make it out for the annual celebration.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 2, 2011

“Time for bed during the blizzard. Will awake to a @RitaMc2 pick up line that works every time: ‘Pick up the shovel and clear the driveway.’”

Heard on the Hill: Busy Travels

Feb. 2, 2011

A spy spotted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a packed flight Tuesday from Los Angeles to D.C.

Heard on the Hill: Tale of Two Cities

Feb. 1, 2011

The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that it had selected Charlotte, N.C., as the site of its 2012 convention, to be held the week of Sept. 3. Republican National Committee officials announced last year that they had picked Tampa, Fla., for their big event, set for August. Political platforms aside, how do the cities measure up?

Heard on the Hill: Bottoms Up

Feb. 1, 2011

Many people have crazy stories of drinking when they were young, but how many can say John Wayne taught them how to handle their booze?

Heard on the Hill: Game On

Feb. 1, 2011

While most people are picking between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Super Bowl, Rep. Kay Granger is simply rooting for her home district, since the Dallas-Fort Worth area is hosting the festivities.

Heard on the Hill: Scout’s Honor

Feb. 1, 2011

Senators are part of the “most exclusive club,” but a handful of them seem more proud to have earned another rare honor.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Super Fundraiser

Feb. 1, 2011

While some Members of Congress place friendly bets on Sunday’s upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, others are using the big game to raise campaign cash.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 1, 2011

“If Taco Bell needs to beef up, they can give their customers the highest quality meat around by using Montana beef, and in the process, supporting agriculture jobs in Montana.”

Heard on the Hill: Getting the Band Back Together

Jan. 31, 2011

Look out Washington, the remaining members of Congressional rock band the Second Amendments are reuniting for a performance next week.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Jan. 31, 2011

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Rep. Rob Wittman. The Virginia Republican represents what is often referred to as “America’s first district” because it contains the historical city of Jamestown.

Heard on the Hill: Wheeling and Dealing

Jan. 31, 2011

All of D.C. seemed caught up in “Jersey Shore” mania on Monday when Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made a celebrity appearance at the Washington Auto Show.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Alexander Takes the Stage

Jan. 31, 2011

Staffers may have heard piano music coming from the Capitol last week as Sen. Lamar Alexander tickled the ivories in his Senate hideaway.

Heard on the Hill: Senator to Offer Dating Advice

Jan. 31, 2011

Sen. Mike Crapo is about to dish out dating tips to teenagers.

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