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Bridget Bowman


Bridget Bowman is a campus reporter for Roll Call, covering the Capitol Hill community, House and Senate administration, legislative agencies and congressional oversight over the District of Columbia.

Prior to covering the Capitol campus, Bridget worked as a Roll Call intern where she contributed to “Hill Life” and assisted the House, Senate and politics teams. Bridget was a broadcast desk assistant at PBS NewsHour before joining Roll Call. She worked with the politics unit to coordinate broadcast segments and contributed to the “Morning Line,” a daily political newsletter.

Bridget’s other journalism experience includes internships at NBC's "Meet the Press" and WBBZ-TV’s "Political Buzz," a weekly political talk show in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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Stories by Bridget Bowman:

Senate GOP Presidential Hopefuls Take On D.C.

April 1, 2015

In the course of eight days, two Senate Republicans eyeing the presidency introduced measures to strike down District of Columbia laws, causing local officials and activists to accuse them of using the District for their own political gain.

'Team 26' Demands Congress Address Gun Violence

March 31, 2015

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, 26 bikers in green jerseys turned off of First Street and headed straight toward the Capitol Dome.

Bowser Bans Travel to Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law

March 31, 2015

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting D.C. officials and employees from approving official travel to Indiana in response to the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

After Schock: House to Review Spending Rules

March 27, 2015

The Committee on House Administration announced Friday it is reviewing regulations governing lawmaker spending. The announcement comes in the wake of Illinois Republican Aaron Schock’s resignation due to improper spending of his congressional funds.

Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.'s Local Control Over Gun Regulations

March 26, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbia’s gun laws.

Mendelson to Lankford: D.C. Bills Don't Violate Religious Freedom

March 26, 2015

After Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval to block two District of Columbia bills from becoming law, the D.C. Council chairman took his argument in support of the bills directly to Lankford.

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

March 26, 2015

“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

March 26, 2015

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

House Officials Not Impressed With Vitter's Obamacare Probe

March 25, 2015

As part of his ongoing investigation into congressional enrollment in Obamacare, Sen. David Vitter is taking on the House of Representatives, asking Speaker John A. Boehner to push House officials to comply with his inquiry. But neither the speaker’s office nor other House officers seem likely to do so.

Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

March 25, 2015

The Capitol Rotunda will close for six weeks this summer for scaffolding installation as part of the $60 million Dome restoration project.

Oversight Chairman Lights Up Secret Service Chief

March 24, 2015

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions Tuesday from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents.

Clancy, who has deferred to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general investigation, often opted not to comment on specifics of the March 4 incident where two senior agents allegedly drove their car into White House barricades during investigation of a suspicious package, which infuriated Chairman Jason Chaffetz when Clancy could not answer why it took 11 minutes for Secret Service to alert the Metropolitan Police Department of the bomb investigation.

“How do you not — this is what’s so infuriating! You’re the director of the Secret Service. It’s almost three weeks after the incident and you don’t know why it takes 11 minutes to pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, Metro Police Department, we’ve got a problem down here, we need you to help,’” Chaffetz said. “This is the United States of America! The threat is real. But I don’t feel it, I don’t see it, and it’s unacceptable.”

A Gold Medal for the Golden Bear

March 24, 2015

An emotional Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal Tuesday, honoring his achievements on and off the golf course.

Secret Service Director: 'We Are Not a Perfect Agency' (Video)

March 24, 2015

For the third time in a week, U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions from members of Congress about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents, but defended his beleaguered organization.

Democrats Lose Adam Smith, but Coach Mike Doyle Remains Confident

March 24, 2015

Rep. Adam Smith is recovering from his second hip surgery, placing the Washington Democrat on the disabled list for the upcoming 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Finding Nick Ryan: The Case of the Mysterious Email

March 23, 2015

The email landing in Capitol Hill inboxes was simple enough — a personalized note thanking congressional staffers for their service.

Catholic Leaders Backing Cruz's D.C. Resolution

March 20, 2015

Influential Catholic leaders sent a letter to senators Friday urging them to support Republican Sens. Ted Cruz’s and James Lankford’s effort to block two D.C. bills.

What Will Happen to Schock's 'Downton Abbey' Office?

March 20, 2015

When Rep. Aaron Schock leaves Congress on March 31, his “Downton Abbey” office will remain, though the days of the pheasant feathers and paintings could also be numbered.

New CVC Exhibit Highlights Congressional Investigations

March 19, 2015

In the Capitol Visitor Center, behind the replica of the Statue of Freedom, a small address book sits in a glass case.

Cruz, Lankford Move to Block D.C. Bills

March 18, 2015

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval Wednesday to strike down two D.C. bills they say violate religious freedom.

'Colonists' Ask Chaffetz to Respect D.C.

March 17, 2015

Dressed head to toe in colonial garb, a handful of District of Columbia activists went to Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s office Tuesday afternoon to ask the Utah Republican to respect D.C. laws.

Bowser Says D.C. Budget Autonomy Case Is Moot

March 16, 2015

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday said an ongoing case over a law granting D.C. control over its local budget is moot, deviating from her predecessor and throwing the future of the case into question.

D.C. Responds to Marijuana Investigation

March 16, 2015

The District of Columbia government is in the process of responding to a congressional investigation into the enactment and implementation of the voter-passed marijuana legalization initiative.

U.S. Attorney Who Investigated D.C. Corruption Steps Down (Updated)

March 16, 2015

Updated 2:01 p.m. | U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Monday that he will step down on April 1 and return to private practice. Machen’s investigation into a former D.C. mayor’s campaign will likely continue after his departure, though that probe drew some criticism from members of Congress.

Leave D.C. Laws Alone, Coalition Tells Congress

March 16, 2015

More than 50 women’s rights and gay rights groups are urging members of Congress not to interfere with two District of Columbia laws they say protect against discrimination.

Scalise Asks Marijuana Legalization Question in Email Survey

March 13, 2015

As more states consider measures to legalize marijuana, one prominent congressional Republican wants to know what his constituents think about the issue.

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