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Steven T. Dennis


Steven T. Dennis has been CQ Roll Call¹s White House correspondent since 2011. He also serves as Roll Call¹s Senate leadership editor and edits the WGDB blog. Previously, he worked stints as congressional leadership editor, Senate leadership reporter and a House leadership reporter at Roll Call starting in 2007. He first started covering Congress for CQ as a budget reporter in 2005. Before that, he worked as the State House bureau chief for The Gazette Newspapers in Annapolis, as the Montgomery County government reporter for The Montgomery Gazette, and as a reporter and copy editor at The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md. He first covered Congress while a student at the University of Maryland in 1993 for the College of Journalism's Capital News Service wire.

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Stories by Steven T. Dennis:

The Have-Nots: 132 Members Show Negative Net Worth

Oct. 24, 2014

While the wealth of Congress surged $150 million last year and at least a third of federal lawmakers are millionaires, there’s a sizable group of have-nots in Congress too.

Most Vulnerable Senators, Ranked by Their Wealth

Oct. 24, 2014

The most vulnerable senators who face the voters in less than two weeks run the gamut from multimillionaires to one of the poorest on Capitol Hill, based on Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress ranking of the minimum net worth of every single lawmaker.

Report: Don Young Talks Bull Sex, Suicide at Alaska High School

Oct. 22, 2014

Rep. Don Young reportedly stunned a crowd at Wasilla High School in Alaska by blaming suicide in part on a lack of support from family and friends and talking about sex between bulls to describe his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million

Oct. 22, 2014

It was a good year for members of Congress in one respect: their pocketbooks.

These Members of Congress Report Having No Assets

Oct. 22, 2014

In a Congress packed with millionaires and near-millionaires, six lawmakers stand out on the other end of the spectrum — they didn’t report a single asset on their financial disclosure forms.

White House Touts Ebola Czar Ron Klain's Ties to Congress (Updated)

Oct. 17, 2014

Updated 12:23 p.m. | President Barack Obama has picked Ron Klain to be the Ebola czar, according to the White House, a move that appears aimed at quelling a firestorm from Congress and the public over the handling of the crisis.

Obama to Consult Congress on Ebola

Oct. 16, 2014

President Barack Obama will call members of Congress today to discuss the Ebola virus crisis, and there are hints from the White House that he might be asking for more money.

Vanita Gupta, New DOJ Civil Rights Pick, Has Supported Marijuana Legalization (Updated)

Oct. 15, 2014

Updated 3:31 p.m. | The new nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division — American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Vanita Gupta — has backed legalizing and taxing marijuana.

New Choice to Head DOJ Civil Rights Division Has Early Conservative Support

Oct. 15, 2014

Updated 4:38 p.m. | After the last administration pick to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division collapsed on the Senate floor, the Obama team has lined up some conservative backing for its new choice, American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Vanita Gupta.

Obama Postpones Campaign Swing to Focus on Ebola Crisis

Oct. 15, 2014

President Barack Obama is postponing a campaign swing to New Jersey and Connecticut Wednesday to focus on the Ebola virus crisis, convening Cabinet agencies coordinating the response after a second health worker in Texas came down with the deadly disease.

White House Defends ISIS War: 'This Strategy Is Succeeding'

Oct. 14, 2014

Despite gains by ISIS in Syria and Iraq in the face of airstrikes, the White House insists President Barack Obama’s strategy to “destroy” the terrorist group remains on track.

Confident With House Race, NRCC Cuts TV Time in Northern Virginia

Oct. 10, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled its broadcast television for the final two weeks of the campaign in northern Virginia’s 10th District race — a sign the GOP is confident they will keep this highly competitive seat.

Gallup: Georgia Runoff 'Likely'

Oct. 10, 2014

Gallup said Friday runoffs are “likely” in Georgia’s Senate and gubernatorial races, citing the high rate of independents in that state.

Boehner, GOP Pounce on Guantanamo Report

Oct. 10, 2014

Republicans are seizing on a report that President Barack Obama is considering ways to do an end-run around Congress to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to attack Democrats facing voters next month.

Obama: 'Suicide' for GOP if They Don't Pass Immigration (Updated)

Oct. 9, 2014

Updated 7:28 p.m. | President Barack Obama said Thursday Republicans will be committing “suicide” if they don’t pass an immigration bill.

Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

Oct. 9, 2014

Updated 2:23 p.m. Oct. 10 | A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum — from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong’s democracy movement.

Earnest Doubts Immigration Shutdown Showdown

Oct. 8, 2014

The White House doubts Republicans will threaten to shut down the government to block President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order planned for after the midterm elections.

White House Concerned About Kobani, but Not Sending Ground Troops

Oct. 8, 2014

President Barack Obama isn’t about to send in ground troops to save the Syrian town of Kobani from being overrun by ISIS.

Republicans Eye Obamacare Showdown in Lame Duck

Oct. 8, 2014

Updated 5:22 p.m. | A group of Senate Republicans have their eye on another Obamacare showdown in the lame-duck session.

Biden Botches Minimum Wage Stats (Updated)

Oct. 7, 2014

Updated 3:33 p.m. | Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s trip to Los Angeles to talk up a minimum wage increase was marred by a misstatement about the impact of said wage hike.

Ted Cruz Slams SCOTUS on Gay Marriage: 'Tragic and Indefensible'

Oct. 6, 2014

Updated 5:49 p.m. | While most Republicans shied away from commenting Monday on the Supreme Court’s historic decision to let stand a slew of lower court rulings legalizing gay marriage, Sen. Ted Cruz torched the court’s decision.

No Ebola Travel Ban, White House Says

Oct. 6, 2014

The administration is not considering a travel ban on countries with Ebola outbreaks, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns (Updated) (Video)

Oct. 1, 2014

Updated 3:44 p.m. | Julia Pierson has resigned as director of the Secret Service amid a firestorm over lapses in presidential security that had lawmakers lining up to call for her to go.

What Gets You Tossed by Obama, the Julia Pierson Edition

Oct. 1, 2014

The White House had “confidence” in Julia Pierson. Just like it had “confidence” in Eric Shinseki. And Kathleen Sebelius. The other thing they’ve got in common? They’re all history.

Boehner Slams 'Incompetence' at Secret Service, Wants Review

Oct. 1, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner slammed the Secret Service Wednesday for “a culture of complacency and incompetence,” backed an independent review and implied new leadership might be needed.

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