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Hannah Hess


Hannah Hess covers the Capitol campus for Roll Call, reporting on legislative branch agencies, administration of the House and Senate, and Congress’ oversight of the District of Columbia.

Hannah’s political reporting experience includes two statehouse bureaus, and the early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign trail. Prior to joining CQ Roll Call, she covered the Virginia General Assembly, the campaign for the 2012 Iowa caucuses and the Illinois General Assembly. Her work has appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Washington Examiner and the Omaha World-Herald. She also interned for what is now CQ Roll Call in 2008, working for Roll Call’s GalleryWatch legislative tracking service that was integrated into CQ in 2009. Originally from Illinois, Hannah holds two degrees from the University of Illinois — a bachelor’s degree in media studies and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting.

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Capitol Police Roll Out Transgender Policy; Union Cries Foul

Nov. 16, 2015

Capitol Police rolled out a progressive new policy on Oct. 29 for handling interactions with transgender individuals.

Capitol Police Roll Out Transgender Policy; Union Cries Foul

Nov. 16, 2015

Capitol Police rolled out a progressive new policy on Oct. 29 for handling interactions with transgender individuals.

Critics Decry Capitol Police 'Old Boys' Network'

Nov. 9, 2015

A two-word email sent on the eve of the Oct. 10 Million Man March prompted Capitol Police to confiscate the gun and badge of a newly promoted captain, only to return both items on Oct. 13.

Paul Ryan Asked to Curb Congressional Travel

Nov. 6, 2015

Speaker D. Paul Ryan should suspend privately funded foreign travel by House members and staff, watchdog organizations said Thursday in a two-page letter that asks the Wisconsin Republican to launch a formal task force to review travel rules.

Congress' Car Dealers Offer Boehner Shopping Advice

Nov. 6, 2015

On his way out the door, former Speaker John A. Boehner proclaimed one of his top post-retirement priorities was buying a new set of wheels, and Congress’ car salesmen are lining up to close the deal.

Fattah's Son Found Guilty on 22 Counts in Fraud Case

Nov. 5, 2015

A jury found Rep. Chaka Fattah’s son guilty on 22 of 23 counts Thursday in a federal bank and tax fraud case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Hill Makes Pitch for Protected Bike Lanes

Nov. 5, 2015

The commute could get a little easier for cyclists who trek between Union Station and Capitol Hill, if Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and local transportation officials can agree.

Bison Lovers to Stampede Rayburn Tonight

Nov. 4, 2015

The Senate agreed to designate Nov. 7 as National Bison Day, but the bison lobby hopes for thunderous herds Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.

March for Life Previews 2016 Theme for Hill Staffers

Nov. 3, 2015

Two months before their annual rally against the Roe v. Wade ruling, organizers of the March for Life will lift the curtain on their 2016 theme, “Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand in Hand,” at a Capitol briefing.

Takai to Undergo Surgery for Cancerous Tumor

Nov. 3, 2015

Freshman Rep. Mark Takai will undergo surgery next week to remove a small, cancerous tumor in his pancreas.

Capitol Police Arrest One of Their Own on Arson Charges

Nov. 3, 2015

A 12-year veteran of the Capitol Police was arrested Monday by the department, in connection with an alleged arson attempt on Halloween.

Reid Wants to Hire Post-Retirement Aide With Campaign Cash

Nov. 2, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to hire a full-time assistant for post-retirement help.

Steve Cohen: FBI HQ Should Dump 'Bully' Hoover

Nov. 2, 2015

J. Edgar Hoover was a “bully” whose name does not belong on the FBI’s headquarters, Rep. Steve Cohen argues. But the Tennessee Democrat’s alternative is pretty bland.

Overheard: Hurry Up, Chris Murphy

Oct. 30, 2015

After midnight Friday, a live microphone captured one Senate clerk knocking Sen. Christopher S. Murphy’s sleepy pace.

Post-Boehner: Congress Flouts Decorum During Speaker Vote

Oct. 29, 2015

Congress couldn’t resist hamming it up during Thursday’s roll call vote for speaker.

Meeks Suffers Heart Attack

Oct. 29, 2015

When the House clerk called for Rep. Gregory W. Meeks’ vote for speaker on Thursday, there was silence.

Mark Takai to Undergo Treatment for Pancreatic Tumor

Oct. 29, 2015

Freshman Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, has been diagnosed with a small tumor on his pancreas after undergoing tests to determine the source of stomach pain.

Carper Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Clinton Endorsement

Oct. 29, 2015

Endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president has landed Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in the crosshairs of a conservative watchdog group.

Time for Boehner to Break Out the Bubbly

Oct. 29, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner received a special delivery before the House gaveled into session Thursday morning.

Cops Clinch 14-6 Win Over Congress

Oct. 29, 2015

The Capitol Police “Guards” notched a gritty 14-6 victory on Wednesday over the “Mean Machine” in the Congressional Football Game for Charity at Watkins Recreation Center on Capitol Hill.

Overheard: Build These Poor Congressmen Some Bunks

Oct. 28, 2015

“Perhaps somewhere along the lines somebody should have built a dormitory for congresspersons, but they did not.”

For Congressional Football, It's Game Day

Oct. 28, 2015

Heading into Wednesday’s Congressional Football Game for Charity at Watkins Recreation Field, members of Congress are preparing to put partisan politics aside as they team up with former NFL players against the Capitol Police.

Late Nights, Early Sweat Sessions for Congressional Football Game Players

Oct. 28, 2015

When the sun set on Oct. 20, the House Republican Conference was huddling on who might be the next speaker. When it rose the next day, 15 lawmakers huddled around Washington Redskins alumnus Ken Harvey, trying to figure out their offense for the 2015 Congressional Football Game for Charity.

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