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Jackie Kucinich


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.

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Stories by Jackie Kucinich:

DeValk to Exit as Reid’s Top Policy Adviser

Jan. 21, 2011

Randy DeValk, Majority Leader Harry Reid’s deputy chief of staff for legislative policy, will leave the Senate after serving for more than two decades.

10 Members to Watch

Jan. 20, 2011

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.

Republicans Already Moving Past Health Repeal

Jan. 18, 2011

Even before today’s 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.

Bipartisanship May Not Extend Beyond Seating

Jan. 18, 2011

Even if Members of Congress do cast aside protocol and abandon party-line seating during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week, the showing of bipartisanship is unlikely to last long.

Top Staff Exodus Leads to Brain Drain

Jan. 17, 2011

For many top Democratic communicators this year, it was time to pursue other career options — ones that don’t revolve around a 24-hour news cycle.

Senate Staffers Instructed to ‘Attack’ in Gunman Situation

Jan. 12, 2011

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.”

Lachapelle to Leave Reid’s Office

Jan. 11, 2011

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.

Gun Control Rhetoric Heats Up

Jan. 10, 2011

The latest iteration of the gun control debate on Capitol Hill — touched off after Saturday’s 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.

Reid Predicts Tea Party Movement Will Fade

Jan. 9, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid linked the tea party’s existence to the economic slump and predicted last week that the movement will decline as more jobs are created.

Lawmakers Agree on Need for More Civil Discourse

Jan. 9, 2011

Lawmakers on Sunday called for their colleagues to tone down the harsh partisan rhetoric in order to avoid unintended responses from the public.

Vote for Senate Chairmen Unlikely

Jan. 8, 2011

Senate Democratic leaders last week shelved a caucus proposal that might have stripped some committee chairmen of their gavels by removing the seniority system.

Senate’s First Day Relatively Low-Key

Jan. 5, 2011

Thirteen new Senators were sworn into office on Wednesday as their families, Supreme Court justices and former Senators looked on.

Senate Democrats Unveil New Message Operation

Jan. 5, 2011

Senate Democratic leaders announced Wednesday their new communications structure led by Sen. Charles Schumer that will drive the Conference’s messaging for the 112th Congress.

Democrats Buy Time on Filibuster Changes

Jan. 4, 2011

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.

GOP Wants Constitution Read on House Floor

Dec. 22, 2010

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 majority’s rules package.

GOP Educating Members About New Constitutionality Rule

Dec. 21, 2010

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.

Lobbyist Tim Berry Will Run McCarthy’s Office

Dec. 17, 2010

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 West Complains to Cantor About New Congressional Schedule

Dec. 16, 2010

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.

Michigan’s Rogers Gets Intel Gavel Appointment

Dec. 15, 2010

Speaker-elect John Boehner tapped Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

Earmark Ban Needs House GOP

Dec. 15, 2010

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.

House GOP Sacrifices 76 Panel Seats, Democrats Lose Eight

Dec. 14, 2010

House Republicans will cut 84 committee slots in the 112th Congress, but most will come from the majority side, GOP leadership sources said Tuesday.

Cantor Shuffles Staff for Majority

Dec. 14, 2010

House Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor on Tuesday announced a series of senior staff changes and promotions for the 112th Congress.

New Senators May Make House Calls

Dec. 13, 2010

Republicans have high hopes that the party’s incoming crop of freshman Senators, who carry years of experience in the House, may help the party build stronger ties between the chambers.

Boehner-Pelosi Committee Talks Drag On

Dec. 13, 2010

Many House Democrats remain in limbo as outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues closed-door negotiations with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) over next year’s House budget and committee ratios.

Emotional Boehner: ‘What You See Is What You Get’

Dec. 12, 2010

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.

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