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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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Boko Haram Survivors Renew Push to #BringBackOurGirls

April 17, 2015

Two schoolgirls who escaped the terrorist group Boko Haram solemnly marked the one-year anniversary of their kidnapping by climbing the steps of the Capitol to tie a red ribbon around one of its stately columns.

White House Fence Jumper Who Kicked K-9 Pleads Guilty

April 17, 2015

The Maryland man who scaled the White House fence in October and was caught on camera kicking one of the Secret Service’s big Belgian Malinois dogs pled guilty Friday to a federal charge stemming from the intrusion.

Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

April 17, 2015

Efforts to shed light on the chaotic events that led federal law enforcement officers to fatally shoot a 34-year-old woman outside the Capitol 18 months ago may rest in the hands of a federal judge.

Congress Wants Answers From Capitol Police on Gyrocopter (Video)

April 17, 2015

Members of Congress say they received no warning that the West Front went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon, prompting concerns about how Capitol Police would handle a more menacing threat to the secure airspace surrounding the Dome.

Gyrocopter Lands Amid Capitol Police Tumult

April 15, 2015

After arresting the pilot of a small gyrocopter that touched down Wednesday on the West Front, many Capitol Police were left wondering, “What’s next?”

Wisconsin Field Hearing Could Fuel Critics of Ron Johnson, Tammy Baldwin

March 30, 2015

Monday’s rare recess field hearing will focus attention on the controversy within a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center that’s become a thorny subject for both the state’s senators.

Ed Whitfield's Ties to Lobbyist Wife Subject of House Ethics Probe (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 1:30 p.m. | The congressional ethics police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Edward Whitfield has been using his House seat for family gain.

Vitter Amendment Rears Its Head in Wee Hours of Vote-a-Rama (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 3:47 a.m. | Sen. David Vitter won a small victory in the wee hours Friday, resurrecting his amendment to end employer-provided health benefits for members of Congress.

Bill Nelson: Don't Censor 'Climate Change' (Video)

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s alleged ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”

Senator Slams Alleged Ban on Climate Change Speech

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott's alleged ban on the terms "climate change" and "global warming."

Nelson has an amendment pending aimed at blocking federal agencies from censoring speech related to climate change. It would set up a procedural hurdle to Senate consideration of any future legislation that censors a federal agency's use of climate change science.

Nelson called it "common sense" to protect those terms during a Thursday morning speech. "But we have all read news reports at the state level, at the local level, maybe even at the federal level that, indeed, some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involving the oceans, the atmosphere, climate and the weather."

Loretta Lynch: From 'Back of the Bus' to 'Sacrificial Lamb'

March 26, 2015

Adopting rhetoric similar to Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s “back of the bus” comment that drew the ire of Republicans, about a dozen women congregated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday to protest the delay on confirming Loretta Lynch.

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

March 26, 2015

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

March 26, 2015

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

March 25, 2015

A 30-minute “pray-in” organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehner’s office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

Authorities to Transfer Jesse Jackson Jr. to D.C. Halfway House

March 25, 2015

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to return to Washington this week, nearly 17 months after the Illinois Democrat entered the federal prison system to begin a 30-month sentence for defrauding his campaign.

Senate Ditches Obama Budget; Plan Earns Only 1 'Yes'

March 24, 2015

Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., joined the very short list of members of Congress who have cast “yes” votes on President Barack Obama’s budget proposals Wednesday evening, when the Senate rejected a budget alternative based on the $4 trillion blueprint unveiled by Obama in February.

Police Want to Curtail Capitol Fourth of July Festivities

March 24, 2015

First sledding, now the Fourth of July.

Social Media Policy Stirs Up More Trouble Within Capitol Police Ranks

March 24, 2015

Sharing photos and posts about the scene of the March 7, 2014, crash that landed a silver car in a tree southeast of the Capitol got a few Capitol Police officers into trouble with the department.

Inhofe's Revenge on FAA, Round 2

March 24, 2015

Updated 10 p.m. | Sen. James M. Inhofe kicked off budget week with a floor speech on the sequel to his Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which the Oklahoma Republican acknowledged Monday “is not a big deal to the general public, but it is to anyone who is a pilot.”

Bipartisan Pair Volunteers to Get Schooled on House Ethics

March 24, 2015

On the heels of Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation announcement, two of the Illinois Republican’s House colleagues paid a timely visit to the congressional ethics police.

Could Aaron Schock Really End Up in Jail?

March 20, 2015

Could Aaron Schock actually end up “in jail” for his misspending, as the Illinois Republican’s father said after his son’s resignation announcement?

Marijuana Bill Gains Steam in Senate

March 19, 2015

When it comes to pot, political winds may be shifting in the Senate.

Democrats Blast 'Back of the Bus' Status for Loretta Lynch (Video) (Updated)

March 18, 2015

Updated 5:58 p.m. | A top Senate Democrat has accused the GOP forcing Loretta Lynch to “sit in the back of the bus” by delaying the vote on her confirmation.

Schock Fallout: Rules Subject to Interpretation

March 18, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock’s downfall marks another high-profile lawmaker felled by ethics troubles. But don’t expect Congress to ramp up efforts at self-policing.

Aaron Schock Resignation Statement: 'I Gave My All'

March 17, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.,who has come under fire for a variety of questionable practices in his congressional office, announced Tuesday he will resign from Congress effective March 31.

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