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David Hawkings

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David Hawkings has been editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing – which offers forward-looking, non-partisan analysis of the top stories in Congress and around official and political Washington, online or by e-mail before lunchtime every weekday – since its launch in November 2010. For six years before that he was managing editor of CQ Weekly, a magazine covering federal policies, people and politics. He’s has also been the senior editor for legislative affairs, economics editor, congressional affairs editor, managing editor for daily news and co-editor of "Politics in America," the company’s signature reference work on members of Congress. He offers analysis every Monday and Friday on NPR’s Washington affiliate, WAMU, and makes frequent appearances as a guest commentator on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Before joining the company in 1995, he was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of Thomson Newspapers and a reporter, columnist and editor at the San Antonio Light. He’s a native of New York and a graduate of Bucknell University.

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Stories by David Hawkings:

Campaign Money Debate Won't Help Hill's Reputation

Sept. 10, 2014

It’s nothing more than another Senate floor sideshow this week, a stage-managed debate in slow motion where the ultimate outcome is such a decisive and foreordained defeat that almost no one is paying attention.

Heirs Out, Entrepreneurs In on 50 Richest List

Sept. 10, 2014

Ten years ago, the 50 wealthiest members of Congress were 60 percent Republican even though the GOP held 52 percent of all the seats — just like this time. Then, as now, all the lawmakers on the roster were white, no more than 1 in 5 was a woman and a dozen of them had spouses to thank for the bulk of their money.

Really Rich and Endangered: 50 Richest on the Ballot

Sept. 7, 2014

This week’s unveiling of the 50 richest members of Congress, a signature Roll Call annual report, will underscore the recent reality that about 10 percent of the nation’s lawmakers are in the 1 percent when it comes to their net worth.

Rhetoric Overload, Four Decades After Nixon

Aug. 5, 2014

Richard M. Nixon’s fate was effectively sealed 40 years ago today. It’s a curious coincidence at the start of an August recess when the extraordinarily serious matter of presidential impeachment is going to be tossed around in such a cavalier and cynical manner.

The Almost Invisible Final Days of a Once-Forceful Leader

July 30, 2014

Eric Cantor’s slow fade toward the exits of the House majority leader’s office is one day from its official completion. But as a practical matter he’s been almost invisible for several weeks.

Possible Senate GOP Majority Would Be Young, but Would Have Enough Elders for Heft

July 28, 2014

Conventional wisdom holds that if Republicans take the Senate, generational turnover and term limits will combine to produce a balky and potentially amateurish legislative process next year.

Why a Namesake Post Office Is All Barry Goldwater Might Get This Year

July 24, 2014

Few things Congress does come in for more ridicule than its penchant for naming post offices. While the exercise soaks up some floor time and keeps the clerks busy, it alters public policy not one bit. Instead, each new honorific provides lawmakers with nothing beyond a sliver of feel-good accomplishment.

Spending Impasse Solidifies With Midterm Results Holding Next Move

July 23, 2014

This week notwithstanding, this summer on the Hill has been less sticky than usual. But it’s shaping up to be as somnolent as ever.

Elizabeth Warren's Summer of Surrogacy Helps Keep 2016 Talk Alive

July 22, 2014

If Rand Paul is taking this summer’s most prominent turn in the Republican spotlight, then the same must be said for his Senate colleague Elizabeth Warren among the new generation of national Democratic players.

The Republican Civil War Takes a Turn for the Cheekily Uncivil

July 16, 2014

It’s rare, but sometimes an advertisement in Roll Call says as much about the state of congressional political infighting as our coverage.

Congressman of Lost Era Loved Earmarks, Magic Tricks

July 16, 2014

They don’t make members of Congress like Ken Gray any more. In today’s political climate, it would be next to impossible to make him up.

Delayed Benghazi Hearings Equal Deliberate Quiet

July 14, 2014

Whatever happened to that summer blockbuster, the one about terrorism and scandal that would be must-see congressional TV?

Boehner's Bet: Lawsuit Will Quiet Impeachment Calls

July 11, 2014

More seems curious than straightforward in Speaker John A. Boehner’s current plan for suing President Barack Obama.

Politics, Not Policy, Shape Bridge Over Highway Cliff

July 10, 2014

Thursday will see this year’s most consequential vote in the once-mighty House Ways and Means Committee — to propose one of the more assertive legislative punts in recent memory.

Cuban Conspiracy Aside, Menendez Troubles Remain

July 8, 2014

In the short term, anyway, the tide of good news seems to have turned in favor of Robert Menendez.

Members in Waiting: The 20 Candidates Headed to D.C.

July 8, 2014

Perhaps by design, and maybe because of circumstance, Jim Risch remains among the least recognized senators after almost six years on the job. But, given the course of his path to Congress, he was at a big disadvantage from the start — if getting noticed was his desire.

What Cochran's Win Means for Hill Spending

June 25, 2014

A congressional dead man walking just days ago, Thad Cochran has instead become one of the most influential players in the coming Congress. The senator who looked to become the tea party movement’s biggest scalp of 2014 is now in position to be the small government conservatives’ worst nightmare of 2015.

Democratic Doves, Threatened Incumbents Complicate President's Choice on Military Action in Iraq

June 25, 2014

Parsing an important congressional roll call, let alone comparing two votes on similar questions a dozen years apart, is a complex and caveat-infused exercise.

McCarthy Rewards Insurgents in First Big About-Face

June 24, 2014

It took less than 72 hours after his election for Kevin McCarthy to reveal an unambiguous and extremely consequential way he’ll be different from his predecessor.

Two Powerful Old Bulls Trying for One Term Too Many?

June 22, 2014

Perhaps never before have the people of Harlem and Hattiesburg, the Bronx and Biloxi participated in such a similar referendum on the same day.

Rangel on Primary Opponent: 'What the Heck Has He Done Besides Saying He’s a Dominican?'

June 20, 2014

In his first televised debate with primary challenger Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., snapped at the state senator who if elected could become the first Dominican-American in Congress, saying, “Just what the heck has he done besides saying he’s a Dominican?”

Rangel is seeking his 23rd term in the House of Representatives.

4 Lessons to Ponder After the House Picks a New Majority Leader

June 19, 2014

Anticlimactic has become the word to describe Thursday’s secret ballot to choose a new House majority leader. Everything points to a solid victory by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California; the only mixed signals are about whether Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho will receive more than 50 votes, a symbolic threshold because that’s more than one-fifth of the 233 members of the Republican Conference.

A Polarized Society as GOP Selects House Leaders

June 18, 2014

If midterm elections are all about mobilizing the base, then both parties can take heart in new research showing their bands of hard-core supporters have grown bigger and more hard-core than ever before.

How Hillary Might Deal With the Hill: New Book Offers Hints

June 17, 2014

Some of the most pointed passages in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new memoir confront the congressional Republican criticism about Benghazi. That’s hardly a surprise, given that the book is so clearly a positioning document for another presidential run in which one major line of GOP attack will be against the former secretary of State’s handling of the assault on that U.S. diplomatic post in Libya.

Latest Budget Skirmishes: From School Lunch to Immigration

June 15, 2014

Appropriations is supposed to be the exception to the rule that Congress will be minimally productive this year, and the recent flurry of action on the annual money bills has made it appear that way.

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