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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: 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!”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Cruising in Style

Jan. 14, 2011

Rep. Shelley Berkley has taken another step to pimp her ride.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Remembering Uncle Ted

Jan. 13, 2011

When former first daughter Caroline Kennedy came to the National Archives on Thursday morning to help unveil her father’s online digital presidential archive, she also paid tribute to her late uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Girls' Night Out

Jan. 13, 2011

It’s not quite “Sex and the City,” but the ladies of Congress can sure have a stylish night on the town.

Heard on the Hill: Amanpour to Host Press Dinner

Jan. 12, 2011

“This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour will serve as master of ceremonies at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 67th Annual Congressional Dinner, scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, foundation President Jim Kuhnhenn tells HOH.

Heard on the Hill: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

Jan. 12, 2011

Look out, wasteful government spenders — there’s a new watchdog on Capitol Hill and his name is Terry Transparency.

Heard on the Hill: A Touch of Camelot

Jan. 12, 2011

For those Washingtonians suffering from Kennedy withdrawal since former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) retired from the House, have no fear. Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to be in town today, paying tribute to her father at the National Archives.

Heard on the Hill: A Congressman’s Son Slept Here

Jan. 12, 2011

There’s no doubt that selling a house in this economy is tricky. In fact, it’s so difficult that one D.C. homeowner has resorted to some shameless name-dropping in an effort to unload his Capitol Hill home.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: The Oprah Bump

Jan. 12, 2011

Rochelle Behrens is about to hit it big — and Washingtonians can say we knew her before she was famous.

Heard on the Hill: Is Dorgan the Next Tom Clancy?

Jan. 11, 2011

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)announced Tuesday that he’s joining the law firm Arent Fox as a senior policy adviser, but HOH hears that’s not the only gig the recently retired lawmaker has lined up.

Heard on the Hill: Chaffetz Goes on a Liquid Diet

Jan. 11, 2011

Rep. Jason Chaffetz had to get a root canal Monday, forcing him to take a break from his chatty ways.

Heard on the Hill: Lucky Number

Jan. 11, 2011

Rep. Candice Miller is especially happy with the seniority ranking for the 112th Congress assigned to her by the House Sergeant-at-Arms.

Heard on the Hill: Library Gets in Shape

Jan. 11, 2011

Now there’s no excuse to give up on that New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Jan. 11, 2011

“I’m making good on new years resolutions: I just had a colonoscopy, bone density scan and mammogram is next. Prevention is key!”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Penn’s No. 1 Congressional Fan

Jan. 11, 2011

Among those spotted in the crowd when actor Sean Penn spoke at the Brookings Institution on Monday was his longtime friend Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Prayer Warriors Get to Work

Jan. 10, 2011

Representatives of the Pray at the Pump movement plan to bring their godly efforts to Capitol Hill on Monday, when they will hold a two-hour vigil for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the safety of all elected officials.

Zimmerman’s Passions Were History, Helping Others

Jan. 9, 2011

Friends and colleagues remembered Gabe Zimmerman, the 30-year-old Congressional aide who was shot and killed Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., as a friendly, intellectually curious person whose passion in life was helping others.

Members React to Shooting With Twitter Posts

Jan. 8, 2011

Members of Congress and other prominent political figures took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to express shock to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), with several using the social messaging site to condemn the attack.

Heard on the Hill: Still on His Toes

Jan. 7, 2011

Rep. Peter King isn’t letting a foot injury keep him down.

Heard on the Hill: Paying Respect

Jan. 7, 2011

Regardless of whether it’s deserved, Senators get more respect than Representatives on Capitol Hill — something that shows up in interesting ways.

Heard on the Hill: Freshman Sleeping on the Job?

Jan. 7, 2011

Capitol Hill veterans know how boring committee hearings can be, but one freshman Member learned the hard way.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: A Night at the Theater

Jan. 7, 2011

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton isn’t taking lightly the loss of her right to vote when the House is in the Committee of the Whole.

Heard on the Hill: Will New Members Be C’s or D’s?

Jan. 7, 2011

After the reading of the Constitution on the House floor Thursday, a group of new Members of Congress traveled to the National Archives to view the actual Constitution. But they didn’t merely view the historic document — they also had to listen to speeches about the importance of bipartisanship from ex-Members, including Sens. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Rep. Dan Glickman (D-Kan.).

Heard on the Hill: Keep On Truckin’

Jan. 7, 2011

Republicans taking control of the House means more than just an effort to repeal health care reform — it also signals a change in culture.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: First Day Leftovers

Jan. 6, 2011

Since we went to print Wednesday afternoon, HOH has gathered a few more tidbits from the first day of Congress.

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