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Alison McSherry is an award-winning journalist and one half of Roll Call's Heard on the Hill column, where she reports on gossip on and off Capitol Hill. Ali specializes in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Members of Congress, social happenings in D.C. and restaurant openings. In addition to Heard on the Hill, she also pens the Congressional profile series Office Space and the bar column Mug Shots.
She has been covering Congress for more than four years. Ali began her career with CQ-Roll Call Group covering the Senate and later went on to act as the paper's chief feature writer before joining the HOH team.
She hails from the Jersey Shore and holds a bachelors degree from Monmouth University.
McSherry no longer works at Roll Call.
Official communication between Senators tends to be pretty dull, often restricted to run-of-the-mill Dear Colleague letters. But HOH hears Sen. Jeanne Shaheen creatively got into the holiday spirit Monday when she sent around information about a piece of legislation.
HOH hears that an eager Capitol Hill visitor ran up to Rep. Elijah Cummings last week and began chatting about an old speech the Maryland Democrat had given. The only problem: The visitor was talking to Rep. John Lewis.
When Senators are hungry or tired or in need of a little pick-me-up, theres one man they can turn to: Sen. Mark Kirk.
Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Sen. Jon Tester. The Montana Democrat shares his love of red beer.
dear tom, its never too late to reconcile our differences. i miss the way i clung to your face. bring me back, if only for valentines day.
Anti-deficit advocacy group Public Notice is spreading the love of cutting government spending on Capitol Hill on Monday by sending bittersweet valentines to Members of Congress.
Looks like the Capitol Hill hot spot the Monocle is back in style. HOH reported that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was seen hanging out at the restaurant a few weeks back, and now we hear Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at the bar Thursday night.
On Thursday evening, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was tasked with a job that appeared to be less than thrilling for the Minnesota Democrat.
Should she ever leave Congress, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton might have a future as a celebrity spokeswoman.
Its no secret that Rep. Mike Quigley is a big hockey fan. After all, the Illinois Democrat helped to bring the Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill in December.
Rep. Mike Hondas tenure as chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus came to an end this week, but Members didnt let him pass the torch without first undergoing some friendly ribbing.
Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. Having a great day with family & friends at Celebration of Reading.
Theres a lot of love in politics these days and we arent just talking about ex-Rep. Chris Lees (R-N.Y.) efforts on Craigslist. The Republican National Committee is out with a set of politically themed Valentines Day cards featuring its Democratic opponents spreading a few tongue-in-cheek political messages.
Sen. Chris Coons could soon seize the title as the funniest guy in Congress.
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is sporting a new accessory: a sling.
The local blog Fashion Delegate is offering guidelines for new Members of Congress who are looking to show a little bit of self-expression in their wardrobe.
More social than Facebook: The gate at the @USAirways shuttle at LGA. Sit here long enough, you run into everyone.
Sen. Claire McCaskill was a recent answer to a Jeopardy question in a category about Members of Congress on Twitter. Not surprisingly, the Missouri Democrat mentioned it on Twitter on Tuesday evening and noted that her mom now approves of the social messaging website.
Its pretty easy to get lost in the dark, twisted maze that is the basement of the Capitol. Even Members of Congress sometimes lose their way and wind up in places they arent supposed to be.
Congress spends about $860,000 a year on bottled water, and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) thinks its time Members got off the bottle.
Rep. Marcia Fudge is working on a special Valentines Day project this year.
Wedding bells are about to ring for two top Democratic Senate aides, HOH has learned.
A rock super group is coming to town next month and it is aiming to make Members of Congress and political VIPs its audience.
Turns out that Members of Congress who sleep in their offices arent just saving a few extra bucks. Their efforts could land them a place in a museum.
Move over Punxsutawney Phil, Truck Day = first official sign of spring.