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Jackie Kucinich joined Roll Call in December 2008 and covers House leadership. Before joining Roll Call, she covered House Republicans for the Hill newspaper. Her byline has appeared in Capitol File Magazine, the Washington City Paper, CQ Politics and Washingtonian magazine. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Jackie covered local politics in Maryland for the Prince George's Sentinel. Jackie, a native of Columbus, Ohio, received her bachelor's degree in communication from American University.
Kucinich no longer works at Roll Call.
With a new Congress come new power brokers and new decision-makers on Capitol Hill. Roll Call selected its top 10 Members to watch in the 112th Congress. These five House Members and five Senators will influence the debate and drive caucus decisions over the next two years. Some of them are in elected leadership, some of them are behind-the-scenes players, but each of them will have a significant role to play.
Even before todays vote on repealing the health care reform law, House Republicans were focusing on trying to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment through a series of targeted changes.
Even if Members of Congress do cast aside protocol and abandon party-line seating during President Barack Obamas State of the Union address next week, the showing of bipartisanship is unlikely to last long.
For many top Democratic communicators this year, it was time to pursue other career options ones that dont revolve around a 24-hour news cycle.
Congressional law enforcement agents advised staff on Wednesday to run and hide in the event a shooter attacks, but as a last resort, police said: Attack.
Regan Lachapelle will step down as deputy communications director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the end of this week to become the press director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
The latest iteration of the gun control debate on Capitol Hill touched off after Saturdays tragic events in Tucson, Ariz. is set to focus on banning the type of extended handgun magazine clip used in the shooting that left six dead and 14 wounded.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid linked the tea partys existence to the economic slump and predicted last week that the movement will decline as more jobs are created.
Lawmakers on Sunday called for their colleagues to tone down the harsh partisan rhetoric in order to avoid unintended responses from the public.
Senate Democratic leaders last week shelved a caucus proposal that might have stripped some committee chairmen of their gavels by removing the seniority system.
Thirteen new Senators were sworn into office on Wednesday as their families, Supreme Court justices and former Senators looked on.
Senate Democratic leaders announced Wednesday their new communications structure led by Sen. Charles Schumer that will drive the Conferences messaging for the 112th Congress.
Talk about your longest day. Under Democrats controversial plan to change Senate rules, the first day of the 112th Congress will last about two and a half weeks.
The GOP-led Congress would impose strict new transparency requirements for committees and legislation, expand term limits for committee chairmen and allow for a reading of the Constitution on the House floor on the second day of the 112th Congress, according to a draft of the incoming majoritys rules package.
House Republican leaders this week began educating Members and staff about a new rule that will require lawmakers to defend the constitutionality of every bill they introduce next year.
House Majority Whip-designate Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday announced that Hill veteran Tim Berry, now a top lobbyist at Time Warner Inc., will join his office as chief of staff.
Rep.-elect Allen West said Thursday that the Congressional schedule does not provide enough time for lawmakers to properly complete their work and that Members should spend more, not less, time in Washington.
Republicans will have only themselves to blame next year if earmarks continue popping up in federal spending bills, given that Members on both sides agree that the party clearly has the power to end the controversial practice in the 112th Congress.
Speaker-elect John Boehner tapped Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
House Republicans will cut 84 committee slots in the 112th Congress, but most will come from the majority side, GOP leadership sources said Tuesday.
House Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor on Tuesday announced a series of senior staff changes and promotions for the 112th Congress.
Republicans have high hopes that the partys incoming crop of freshman Senators, who carry years of experience in the House, may help the party build stronger ties between the chambers.
Many House Democrats remain in limbo as outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues closed-door negotiations with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) over next years House budget and committee ratios.
Speaker-designate John Boehner (Ohio) showed a softer side during an interview Sunday with 60 Minutes, crying several times as he talked about becoming the most powerful Republican in the country and about the kind of leader he hopes to be next year.
In the House Republican Conference, Rep. Ron Paul is untouchable. For a Member who operates as a loner and has ignored his leaderships directives for years, the Texas Republican is given an amount of leeway rarely allocated to rank-and-file Members.