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Hannah Hess

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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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Stories by Hannah Hess:

D.C. Activists Enlist Andy Harris for Help With Porta-Potty

July 24, 2014

Activists from the District of Columbia crowded the hallway outside Rep. Andy Harris’ office on Thursday to lobby the Maryland Republican for help with local issues.

For D.C. Statehood Activists, Obama's Actions Leave 'a Lot to Be Desired'

July 23, 2014

When voters elected Barack Obama in 2008, District of Columbia residents were thrilled to see a senator who backed a bill to give them voting rights in Congress head to the White House.

Capitol Police Stop Another Gun From Entering Cannon Building (Updated)

July 23, 2014

Updated 12:25 p.m. | Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a District of Columbia offense that carries up to five years in prison.

D.C. Residents Keep Facing Questions About Identification

July 22, 2014

A District of Columbia driver’s license should be enough identification to allow citizens to board a plane or enter a federal building, according to federal and local officials. So how come there’s so much confusion on the topic?

Tennessee Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Obama, Romney, Paul Ryan

July 22, 2014

Police have arrested a Tennessee man who allegedly threatened to kill President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and shoot other national and local officials.

Capitol Police Complete Investigation of Suspicious Substance in Capitol Visitor Center (Updated)

July 22, 2014

Updated 10:38 a.m. | Capitol Police sealed entrances to the Capitol Visitor Center shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in response to a suspicious substance.

Ryan Shucard Case Highlights Gun Law Discrepancies

July 21, 2014

Staff in Rep. Tom Marino’s office are convinced that Ryan Shucard, the press secretary that arrived at the Cannon House Office building toting a 9 mm handgun on Friday morning, was not planning to harm anyone with the gun.

Queen Bee Hawking Jewelry for the 'Powers That Bee' on Capitol Hill

July 21, 2014

A jewelry designer with a knack for brightening up Washington’s prim business attire brings her signature necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings to Capitol Hill this week for an exclusive trunk show and sale.

Ryan Shucard Pleads Not Guilty to Carrying Pistol to Capitol Hill

July 19, 2014

Ryan Shucard, the Capitol Hill aide who allegedly tried to bring a 9 mm handgun and magazine to work Friday, was released from police custody on Saturday afternoon after pleading not guilty to a felony charge for carrying a pistol.

Marino Staffer Arrested for Bringing Gun to Cannon

July 18, 2014

Capitol Police arrested a staffer for Rep. Tom Marino Friday morning on charges of carrying a 9mm handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.

Ryan Shucard Handgun Incident Casts Campus Security in New Light (Updated)

July 18, 2014

Updated 6:11 p.m. | Metal detectors and X-ray machines at the southeast door of the Cannon House Office Building stopped Capitol Hill press secretary Ryan Shucard from allegedly carrying a 9 mm handgun and magazine to work on Friday.

Scarce Prospects for Senate Shooting Down D.C. Gun Control

July 17, 2014

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is optimistic about Senate support for an appropriations rider that would dismantle local gun laws in the District of Columbia, but he doubts the chamber will consider the measure.

D.C. Could Become Nation's Most Permissive Gun Jurisdiction, Under House Proposal (Video)

July 17, 2014

One of Congress’ most outspoken libertarians is the latest member to try to overturn the District of Columbia’s local gun laws. If successful, his proposal would make the District, home to cabinet officials, dignitaries from around the world and the president perhaps the most permissive gun jurisdiction in the country.

House Amendment Could Make D.C. the Nation's Most Permissive Gun Jurisdiction

July 17, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., decried a House proposal Wednesday that would effectively wipe out all of the District of Columbia's gun safety laws.

"This amendment is being offered by a member who claims, at every turn, to support the principle of local control or local affairs, yet he is using the big foot of the federal government to overturn local laws," Norton said.

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., one of Congress' most outspoken libertarians.

D.C. Pot Decriminalization Takes Effect, but Don't Bring Bud to Capitol Hill

July 16, 2014

Despite House Republican attempts to derail decriminalization, marijuana possession becomes a civil offense in the District of Columbia on Thursday, punishable by a $25 fine.

Maloney Calls for Investigation Into Threats From Pro-Gun Leader Larry Pratt

July 16, 2014

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., wants Capitol Hill law enforcement officials to investigate a prominent gun rights advocate’s praise for threats on her life, calling them evidence of “just how outrageous the extreme pro-gun movement has become.”

Pedro Ribeiro Leaves Gray for Obama, Will Be Replaced by Doxie McCoy (Updated)

July 16, 2014

Updated 12:43 p.m. | As chief spokesman for Mayor Vincent Gray, Pedro Ribeiro tried to keep the focus on the scandal-plagued executive’s governing achievements amidst allegations of corruption against Gray from Justice Department prosecutors.

Don Young Said to Have Barged Through Barriers Blocking Asbestos Spill

July 15, 2014

Asbestos abatement continues following the July 10 outbreak that briefly closed the House side of the Capitol, and one congressman might be in hot water for his conduct that morning.

Mayoral Candidates Would Vary Approach to Hill on Home Rule

July 15, 2014

A day after Rep. Andy Harris declared he was targeting with an appropriations rider a locally passed law that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, Mayor Vincent Gray publicly denounced the congressman.

Once Again, TSA Gives D.C. Resident Grief About License (Video)

July 15, 2014

Did you hear the one about the Transportation Safety Administration agent who didn’t realize the District of Columbia is part of the United States? No, really.

D.C. Council Overrides Gray's Veto of Yoga Tax, but Beer Language Safe

July 14, 2014

The District’s fiscal 2015 spending plan will likely make D.C.-brewed beer more accessible, and working out a little more expensive.

D.C. Council Pitches New White House Address: '1600 D.C. Statehood Now Way'

July 14, 2014

The two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest that pass by the White House would be deemed “D.C. Statehood Now Way,” under a bill being floated by the D.C. Council.

John Lewis Is on a Social Media Winning Streak

July 14, 2014

When Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., busted a move to Pharrell’s hit song “Happy,” a video of his boogie went viral.

Gray Vetoes D.C. Budget, Cites Yoga Tax, Streetcar Funding

July 11, 2014

Lame duck D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Friday that he plans to veto the D.C. Council’s fiscal 2015 budget, a move that could rekindle protests against the so-called yoga tax.

Ex-Senate Staff Director Debuts New Drama at Capital Fringe Festival

July 11, 2014

As staff director of the Senate Rules Committee, Jean Parvin Bordewich played a major role in staging the 2013 presidential inaugural ceremonies.

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