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Elizabeth Brotherton


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:

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.

Heard on the Hill: Something Smells Fishy

Jan. 28, 2011

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t just serve to push his agenda. It also got him a free meal, courtesy of Sen. Mark Begich.

Heard on the Hill: Members of Congress Get Stuck in Traffic, Too

Jan. 28, 2011

Not even lawmakers could escape the snow that hit the D.C. metro area Wednesday night. Rep. Rob Wittman spent a whopping seven hours sitting in traffic on his way home to Montross, Va.

Heard on the Hill: Soup and Other Sustenance

Jan. 28, 2011

White House Chief of Staff William Daley had a busy Thursday announcing a slew of staff changes, but that didn’t stop him from taking time to have dinner with his old pal, Sen. Mark Kirk.

Heard on the Hill: Sleep Tight

Jan. 28, 2011

Seems like it was only a matter of time before somebody thought of this gimmick.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Louisiana Happy Hour

Jan. 28, 2011

Former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) took some time to reconnect with his Cajun roots Thursday night.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Jan. 28, 2011

“You there, in the harem pants with the sparkle tube top and platforms ... cute outfit, not appropriate for the Hill, even on Friday.”

Kucinich Settles Lawsuit Against Restaurant Associates

Jan. 28, 2011

Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced on his campaign website Friday that he has resolved his much-publicized lawsuit against Restaurant Associates and other companies that run the House cafeterias.

Heard on the Hill: Crusade Against Potty Mouths

Jan. 28, 2011

Perhaps in a salute to the new spirit of civility in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) took to the House floor last week to honor the California teenager who founded the No Cussing Club.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Parade of Tax Lobbyists

Jan. 27, 2011

It seems that every lobbying interest in the country had a response to the State of the Union address, but none quite as creative as John Kelly’s.

Heard on the Hill: From Senator to Tour Guide

Jan. 26, 2011

While many in Congress brought family members to the State of the Union address, Sen. Sherrod Brown opted to take a wounded soldier to this year’s festivities.

Heard on the Hill: Biting the Hand That Feeds You?

Jan. 26, 2011

Rep. Dennis Kucinich may want to avoid buying lunch from the House cafeterias.

Heard on the Hill: The Cool Kids

Jan. 26, 2011

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is hipper than he seems, according to Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

Heard on the Hill: Preserving the Memory

Jan. 26, 2011

Turns out even Members of Congress ask for autographs. Each other’s autographs, that is.

Heard on the Hill: Cool Day, Hot Dishes

Jan. 26, 2011

The Minnesota Congressional delegation was up late Tuesday night, and not just because of the State of the Union address.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Dressing for the Occasion

Jan. 26, 2011

Fashionistas are abuzz about first lady Michelle Obama’s State of the Union sheath dress — it had sleeves! — but Capitol Hill denizens seemed more interested in freshman Rep. Frederica Wilson’s flashy houndstooth ensemble.

Heard on the Hill: Governing Like the Wolf

Jan. 25, 2011

Sometimes, life imitates art.

Heard on the Hill: Cicilline’s New Pad

Jan. 25, 2011

Finding a fabulous apartment in a new city is difficult, even for Members of Congress. Lucky for freshman Rep. David Cicilline, a friend was willing to let him crash at his place for a while.

Heard on the Hill: Dreyfuss Won’t Be Encountering Congress

Jan. 25, 2011

Actor Richard Dreyfuss doesn’t have much respect for Members of Congress.

Heard on the Hill: Bro-ing Out Bipartisan Style

Jan. 25, 2011

Two Members of the House were spotted getting a jump-start on political civility this week.

Heard on the Hill: Super Bowl Snacks in the Senate

Jan. 25, 2011

Football fans, take note: Restaurant Associates is getting in on the Super Bowl craze by offering themed meals at the American Grill in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Obama Makes History ... Again

Jan. 25, 2011

File this under super-nerdy news.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Senators Bet on Super Bowl

Jan. 25, 2011

’Tis the season for Super Bowl bets.

Heard on the Hill: Political Wine-ing

Jan. 24, 2011

Democrats and Republicans don’t always agree, but if there’s one place they can find common ground, it’s over a glass of wine.

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