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Emily Heil


Emily Heil is a features writer for Roll Call, where she covers the politics, people and culture of Capitol Hill. For nearly four years, she wrote Heard on the Hill, the oldest and best-loved Congressional gossip column.

Emily came to Roll Call from the Hill newspaper, where she wrote the Under the Dome gossip column. Prior to that, she spent three years covering Congress for National Journal’s CongressDaily, where her beats included health care and labor issues. Her previous journalism jobs include chief Congressional correspondent for the Bureau of National Affairs and reporter for the Eastern Shore News.

A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Emily is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was features editor of the independent newspaper, the Cavalier Daily.

Heil no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Emily Heil:

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Milk It

May 16, 2011

On Monday morning, Capitol Hill felt more like a barnyard than usual as activists milked a dairy cow and shared her milk outside of the Capitol.

Heard on the Hill: Ethics Crack(er) Down

May 13, 2011

There’s plenty of meaty stuff in the report that the Senate Ethics Committee released last week on former Sen. John Ensign’s affair with a staffer’s wife.

Heard on the Hill: Boot Camp

May 13, 2011

There’s nothing like an impending weekend to put a little spring in one’s step. And Rep. Rosa DeLauro on Friday made her exit from the Capitol after the afternoon’s final votes in high-stepping style.

Heard on the Hill: A Very Pricey One-Night Stand

May 13, 2011

How much does a one-night stand cost? Don’t ask ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D).

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Better Know a Comedian

May 13, 2011

“Colbert Report” funnyman Stephen Colbert is stalking the halls of Congress this morning.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

May 13, 2011

“We need to review all of our security procedures. And if we could get Amtrak with a little bit better food and going a lot faster than it does, then maybe that would prevent a terrorist attack. Sometimes when I have to eat that food, I want to commit a terrorist attack.”

Heard on the Hill: Bashing Dems Burns Calories

May 13, 2011

Rep. Pete Sessions might have the weight of leading House Republicans’ 2012 campaign efforts on his shoulders, but he’s still lighter these days.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Walsh’s Modest Proposal

May 12, 2011

When President Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that Republicans might insist on securing the borders by constructing an alligator-filled moat, most people figured he was joking.

Heard on the Hill: Golf Digest’s D.C. Mulligan

May 11, 2011

Boasting about one’s golf handicap is practically a sport unto itself. But one Washington lobbyist is playing down his prowess on the links.

Heard on the Hill: Brown Trades the Truck

May 10, 2011

Sen. Scott Brown’s most famous mode of transportation might soon be something other than his celebrated pickup truck.

Heard on the Hill: Kinzinger’s Pocket-Dial Purgatory

May 10, 2011

The pocket dial is a fixture of wireless life. And no one knows the sweet sounds of ambient noise quite like Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

Heard on the Hill: CMF’s Massage Parlor Mix-Up

May 10, 2011

When HOH wants a nice deep-tissue massage, perhaps the last place she’d go would be ... the Congressional Management Foundation’s offices.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: A Hobbit’s Campaign

May 10, 2011

Actor Sean Astin’s most famous movie roles have been underdogs — he played a diminutive hobbit who helped save the world from evil in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and an improbably small Notre Dame footballer in “Rudy.”

Heard on the Hill: Meghan McCain Gets ‘Naked’

May 9, 2011

Senatorial spawn Meghan McCain is checking off all the boxes of modern fame. Blog? Check. Naughty Twitter pics? Yup. Dishy memoir? Done.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Schock and Awe

May 9, 2011

He got elected to Congress while you were doing shots at the Capitol Lounge, and he’s a GQ model while you’re schlubbing around in Dockers. Now here’s another way Rep. Aaron Schock is better than you: He runs the National Mall everyday at 5:30 a.m.

Heard on the Hill: Could Youthful-Looking Meek Pass for a 20-Something?

May 9, 2011

We always thought former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) was boyish-looking, but now we know we’re not alone: A bartender carded the 44-year-old at a recent Washington party.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Members Share Best Advice From Their Mothers

May 8, 2011

In honor of Mother’s Day (which mom-loving Congress established back in 1914), we asked Members what was the best advice they have ever gotten from their moms.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: A Little Comic Relief

May 6, 2011

In a week of divisive battles over the budget, here’s a resolution that knows no party lines: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger on Wednesday introduced legislation commending Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day.

Kennedy Project Serves as ‘Teaching Device’

May 6, 2011

James Sterling Young oversees the effort devoted to collecting the memories and reflections of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Heard on the Hill: Cheer the Turtle

May 6, 2011

A surprise retirement announced Thursday was a blow to some Members of Congress.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: A Recipe for Fun — Members and Competition

May 5, 2011

Wednesday night’s March of Dimes gala featuring a Congressional cookoff might have been for a good cause, but it was still a food fight, after all.

Heard on the Hill: Staffer’s Book Goes Hollywood

May 4, 2011

Looks like Congress might be in for another depiction on the silver screen — only the latest take comes from a real insider, so we’re not expecting any of the typical gaffes, such as a Georgetown Metro station.

Heard on the Hill: Staffer Finds His Doppelganger

May 4, 2011

Plenty of people have celebrity doppelgangers, but not everyone works in the same building as their look-alike’s famous face.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Lewis’ Talk-Show Turn? ‘O’ Yes.

May 4, 2011

We know Rep. John Lewis has spent time with one of the “Big O’s,” President Barack Obama. But today, he’s making an appearance with the other famous O: Oprah.

Ensign Reflects, Apologizes in Farewell Speech

May 2, 2011

Sen. John Ensign on Monday capped off a 15-year Congressional career with a speech to a nearly empty Senate chamber, striking notes alternately apologetic and defensive.

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