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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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Kansas City Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Bombing of Cleaver Office

Sept. 18, 2014

Police charged a Kansas City man on Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at the district office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II on Sept. 11.

Judicial Nomination Logjam Causes Dilemma for D.C.

Sept. 18, 2014

With the flow of judicial nominations slowing to a trickle this summer, District of Columbia officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the effect on the local bench.

McAllister 'Disappointed' in Chief of Staff Arrested for DUI

Sept. 18, 2014

Gregory A. Terry, chief of staff for Republican Rep. Vance McAllister was arrested in Louisiana on Sept. 12, after a police officer observed the BMW he was driving swerving across highway lines. He has been charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use.

Stockman Tweets Photo From the House Floor, Violating Chamber Rules

Sept. 17, 2014

Rep. Steve Stockman got a little too excited following a floor vote Wednesday and made a move that violates House decorum.

Critics of Washington Team Name Target NFL Nonprofit Status (Video)

Sept. 17, 2014

The NFL, facing multiple public relations fiascos regarding domestic violence issues, can expect some more heat coming its way from Congress as Native American groups and members from both chambers are promising a multipronged attack to pressure Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change his team’s name.

Critics Reject Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial Compromise, Optimistic About Change

Sept. 16, 2014

After 15 years of planning a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the design might move forward without architect Frank Gehry’s name attached to it.

Navy Yard Memorial Event Marks Anniversary of Tragedy

Sept. 16, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of the tragic Navy Yard shooting in Southeast Washington, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, is inviting the Capitol Hill community and others to an evening ceremony honoring victims and survivors.

House Ethics Committee Probing Paul Broun

Sept. 15, 2014

Rep. Paul Broun, the Georgia Republican who lost a Senate primary in May, is being investigated for alleged ethics violations.

D.C. Statehood Hearing Explores Other Options

Sept. 15, 2014

Washington, D.C. residents crowded into a hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building Monday to witness the first hearing on D.C. statehood in two decades, though enacting statehood in the 113th Congress is not likely anytime soon.

Capitol Hill Employees Concerned About July 10 Asbestos Exposure

Sept. 15, 2014

The asbestos emergency that temporarily closed the House side of the Capitol was a scary ordeal for Architect of the Capitol and Capitol Police employees working the overnight shift.

Beth Plemmons, the Capitol Visitor Center's Guide to Southern Hospitality

Sept. 15, 2014

North Carolina native Beth Plemmons, CEO of visitor services at the Capitol Visitor Center, is a pro at Southern hospitality.

Cynics Be Damned: Krepp Endorses Norton ... on Statehood Efforts

Sept. 12, 2014

Ruthless campaigner Tim Krepp emailed supporters on Friday afternoon to say he wholeheartedly supports Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and they should, too. Krepp hopes to defeat the congresswoman, who is running for her 13th term representing the District, in the November election, but he wants everyone to rally behind her on Monday. Norton will testify to a Senate panel on a cause near and dear to most Washingtonians: D.C. statehood.

Staffers, Diplomats Call for Capitol Hill to Act on Ebola Crisis

Sept. 11, 2014

Capitol Hill observed a campus-wide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Thursday to honor those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Ethics Won't Investigate Gwen Moore's Arrest

Sept. 11, 2014

The House Ethics Committee will not investigate Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., following her Sept. 4 arrest while protesting with fast food workers outside a McDonald’s in her home state.

Police Investigate Molotov Cocktail Attack on Cleaver's Kansas City Office

Sept. 11, 2014

Kansas City Police responding early Thursday morning to an alarm at the district office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., found two bottles resembling Molotov cocktails.

Homeless Man Arrested for Wreaking Havoc on Lower Senate Park

Sept. 11, 2014

Capitol Police arrested a homeless man Monday afternoon in Lower Senate Park who seemed bent on destroying the serene scenery.

Panelists Selected for D.C. Statehood Hearing

Sept. 10, 2014

Updated 4:37 p.m. | Expect humanitarian and fiscal arguments for why the District of Columbia should become the 51st state during next week’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the issue.

D.C. Marijuana, Gun Riders Left Out of House CR

Sept. 10, 2014

House Republicans unveiled what they’re calling a “clean” continuing resolution on Tuesday night, to the delight of budget autonomy advocates in the District of Columbia.

Bayonets, Camo, Armored Vehicles: Senate Panel Criticizes Ferguson Response (Video)

Sept. 9, 2014

One month after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the Senate convened its first hearing on police militarization.

Capitol Police Asking Officers About Talks With Media

Sept. 9, 2014

Capitol Police authorities have been asking officers questions about media coverage of an alleged affair between a male deputy chief and a subordinate female officer, according to sources within the department.

Senate Panel Sets D.C. Statehood Hearing for Next Week

Sept. 8, 2014

It took more than a year, but D.C. statehood advocates are finally getting the hearing that Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Thomas R. Carper promised.

Former Gray Campaign Driver Pleads Guilty to Role in 'Uncle Earl' Conspiracy

Sept. 5, 2014

Mayor Vincent Gray’s driver during the 2010 campaign has admitted to federal prosecutors that he knew about the “Uncle Earl” finance scheme taking place behind the scenes.

Capitol Tour Guides Say They've Lost the Right to Drink Water

Sept. 5, 2014

“No food, no drinks,” instructed Capitol Police officers posted outside the doors of the Capitol Visitor Center as tourists approached the complex on a recent muggy day.

D.C. Throws Its Hat in 2024 Summer Olympics Ring

Sept. 4, 2014

Why should Washington, D.C., host the 2024 Summer Olympics?

Issa Ready to Move Forward on Revised Eisenhower Memorial

Sept. 4, 2014

Darrell Issa spent 15 minutes Thursday afternoon strolling the four-acre site in Southwest Washington slated to become a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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