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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:

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Jan. 24, 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. Thaddeus McCotter. The Michigan Republican is known for his quirky personality and love of music.

Heard on the Hill: Movie Buff

Jan. 24, 2011

An HOH spy spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid taking in a 5:15 p.m. showing of the intense film “Blue Valentine” at the Landmark E Street Cinema on Sunday.

Heard on the Hill: He’s a Senator’s Best Friend

Jan. 24, 2011

As the saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Taking the Plunge

Jan. 24, 2011

Nobody can argue that Rep. Donna Edwards isn’t dedicated to her work. To show her support for global warming awareness, the Maryland Democrat was among the dedicated activists who jumped into the icy waters of the Potomac River on Saturday.

Heard on the Hill: A Ton of Brick [City]

Jan. 21, 2011

If Members of Congress want to gauge how this whole bipartisanship thingy could work, they might want to tune into a reality show set in New Jersey.

Heard on the Hill: Boehner’s Night Out

Jan. 21, 2011

HOH eyed Speaker John Boehner holding court in the bar area at Charlie Palmer Steak on Thursday night. The Ohio Republican sat with three people at a table near a window toward the front of the Capitol Hill hot spot. He sipped a glass of wine and headed outside at least twice to smoke a cigarette.

Heard on the Hill: Bathroom Bewilderment

Jan. 21, 2011

Some men on Capitol Hill are having a hard time telling the difference between the men’s and women’s restrooms, despite a common understanding that it is for women.

Heard on the Hill: A Congressional Cook-Off

Jan. 21, 2011

Members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation are planning to engage in a bit of friendly competition next week.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Are You Ready for Some Football?

Jan. 21, 2011

There’s nothing like a friendly wager to make a football game a bit more interesting.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Gridiron Club to Host After-Party

Jan. 20, 2011

Now that the state dinner is over, it’s time to start looking ahead to the Gridiron Club’s dinner.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Creative Fiction

Jan. 19, 2011

Next week marks the release of “O: A Presidential Novel,” an anonymously written, fictitious tale of an American president who is strikingly similar to Barack Obama.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Ben Affleck Eyes Congress

Jan. 19, 2011

While politically minded actor Ben Affleck has remained coy about whether he will run for higher office some day, the Oscar winner is rumored to be considering a Congress-themed project for his next directing effort.

Heard on the Hill: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Jan. 18, 2011

Those who watched “Meet the Press” on Sunday may have noticed something different about Sen. Tom Coburn. The Oklahoma Republican was rocking a new, clean-cut look.

Heard on the Hill: Correspondents’ Dinner Plays Name Game

Jan. 18, 2011

The Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association announced Tuesday that it will change the name of its yearly formal gala from the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Dinner to the all-encompassing Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner. The move opens ticket sales of the 67th annual soiree sponsored by the association to members of the print and photographers’ Congressional galleries for the first time.

Heard on the Hill: The Stork Pays a Visit to Roll Call

Jan. 18, 2011

HOH is proud to announce the arrival of the newest member of the Roll Call family. Senate reporter Emily Pierce gave birth to Evan Huw Tolbert Parry in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Both mom and baby are doing well.

Heard on the Hill: Comparing Two American Institutions

Jan. 18, 2011

News broke Tuesday morning that two American stalwarts were retiring — Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and talk-show host Regis Philbin. As the legends begin their last months in Congress and on the air, respectively, HOH compares the legacies of the two men.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Life After Congress

Jan. 18, 2011

Former Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) might not have any plans to return to government, but he admits he’s having to deal with losing some of the perks that went along with his nearly four decades in Congress.

On His 100th Birthday, Reagan’s Legacy Resonates at the Archives

Jan. 18, 2011

Reagan’s 100th birthday would have been Feb. 6, and the National Archives is partnering with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to mark the centennial by studying various aspects of his presidency and opening an exhibit.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Jan. 18, 2011

“Just say no to Frankenfish.”

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Jan. 14, 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. Billy Long, the new Missouri Republican with a flair for Twitter.

Heard on the Hill: Justices Are Partial to Italian?

Jan. 14, 2011

Downtown restaurant Bibiana has become a hangout for Supreme Court justices who love Italian food, we hear.

Heard on the Hill: In Taste of the South News

Jan. 14, 2011

More details are being unveiled about this year’s Taste of the South soiree, the annual charity gala that’s a favorite celebration among Capitol Hill staffers.

CMF Helps Offices Face Fears After Tragedy

Jan. 14, 2011

As Congress slowly gets back to its legislative routine, the Congressional Management Foundation is reaching out to Members and staffers as they adjust to a new kind of normal in the wake of the shootings in Tucson, Ariz. The main message: Talk.

Heard on the Hill: Marino Staffer Is Fashion Forward

Jan. 14, 2011

There’s a traditional path for how one advances a career in politics: Toil as an intern, get a low-level office job in a Member’s office, maybe work on a political campaign.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Overheard on the Hill

Jan. 14, 2011

“It’s Official — Washington runs on ‘Idrabmol (Lombardi spelled backwards) Time’ — everyone arrives for their appointment 15 minutes late!”

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