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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:

Dan Coats Approaches Last Year One Speech at a Time

Jan. 6, 2016

Examining government spending can be mundane, but point out the government is paying for rabbit massages and people will start to pay attention.

Senate Sets Hearing on Obama Gun Actions

Jan. 6, 2016

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify at a Jan. 28 hearing on the president’s actions, which Obama argued were legal and necessary in the face of congressional inaction on gun control. Shelby’s subcommittee oversees the Department of Justice’s budget.

GOP Sidesteps Obama Mental Health Proposal

Jan. 5, 2016

Bypassing Congress on new rules for gun purchases, President Barack Obama Tuesday offered GOP lawmakers exactly what they have been asking for: expanded access to mental health services. But Republicans, angered by his unilateral actions, didn’t bite.

Connecticut Democrats Take Lead Turn on Obama Gun Actions

Jan. 5, 2016

President Barack Obama had a message for congressional Democrats on the eve of his announcement that he was acting to combat gun violence: Don’t let Congress off the hook.

Senate Foreign Relations Lands New Policy Director

Dec. 22, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close and national security remains a top issue, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signed on a new policy director with Capitol Hill experience.

Rand Paul 'Festivus' Tradition Takes New Form

Dec. 22, 2015

See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call’s new video site.

'Where's Harry?' Obama Phones Senate Leaders

Dec. 18, 2015

President Barack Obama phoned both Senate leaders after the chamber passed a year-end spending and tax package. One answered, the other said he’d call him back.

Senate Leaders Look Ahead to 2016

Dec. 18, 2015

Senate leaders spent Friday afternoon claiming victory on the spending and tax bills that passed before lawmakers left town, and said they are now looking to highlight differences between the two parties heading into the election year.

Congress Sends Omnibus to Obama

Dec. 18, 2015

The Senate passed a year-end omnibus package that combined a $1.1 trillion spending bill with a tax extenders measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature and wrapping up Congress’ 2015 legislative session.

Senate Republicans Tout Victories in New Video

Dec. 18, 2015

Senate Republicans are taking a victory lap as 2015 comes to a close, highlighting their accomplishments in a new video.

Reid: 'Mitch McConnell and I Are Friends'

Dec. 17, 2015

The Senate’s top two leaders took to the floor Thursday morning to affirm their friendship.

Security Concerns Boost Capitol Police Budget

Dec. 17, 2015

After terrorist attacks rocked Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the police force charged with protecting the U.S. Capitol has been granted more money to beef up security and add officers to its ranks.The call for security enhancements prompted negotiators to increase funding for the Capitol Police in the $1.1 trillion year-end spending package. A GOP leadership aide confirmed congressional leaders requested additional funds for the department.

Gyrocopter Pilot Plans Run for Congress

Dec. 17, 2015

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol lawn is turning toward a more conventional means to get into Congress: being elected.

Maryland Delegation Cheers FBI HQ Funding

Dec. 16, 2015

Even when crafting a sweeping government spending bill, all politics is local.

Congress Approves of Capitol Hill Sledding

Dec. 16, 2015

The children of Capitol Hill were able to do something uniquely American: call attention to a lack of rights, go forth in protest and win those rights in the end.

Why Mental Health Bill Isn't Moving

Dec. 16, 2015

“We have to do it now,” Rep. Tim Murphy said on the House floor, urging Congress to act on his mental health system overhaul legislation in the wake of another mass shooting.

Corker's Lowball Financial Disclosure — a Symptom of a Bigger Problem?

Dec. 15, 2015

Reading through the addendum to Sen. Bob Corker’s financial disclosure, you might think the Tennessee Republican had been seriously misreporting assets and income.

Senate Food Workers to Get Raise in New Contract

Dec. 14, 2015

After more than a year of going on strike for higher wages and union representation, Senate food workers earning minimum wage are set to get a nearly $3 per hour raise.

Heading Into Endgame, McConnell Declares 'Dysfunction is Over'

Dec. 14, 2015

He may be fond of saying there’s no education in the second kick of a mule, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting another run at a functioning appropriations process in 2016.

9/11 Responder Health Care Renewal Gets a Boost

Dec. 10, 2015

The effort to renew health care programs for those who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is moving closer to a resolution, with some New York Republicans saying Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has assured his colleagues the renewal would be in the year-end spending package.

Council on American-Islamic Relations Receives Threat, White Powder in Mail

Dec. 10, 2015

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, located a few blocks south of the Capitol, was evacuated for a few hours Thursday afternoon. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told Roll Call that a white powdery substance was received in a letter and several staffers were quarantined inside the building.

7 Senate Secret Santa Gifts

Dec. 9, 2015

Senators didn’t let contentious negotiations over how to fund the government dampen their holiday spirit Tuesday night, when they gathered to swap gifts with one another.

House Republicans Introduce 5-Day CR as Negotiations Continue

Dec. 9, 2015

House Republicans introduced a continuing resolution on Wednesday that would fund the government for an additional five days past when current funding runs out on Friday.

Capitol Food Workers Escalate Protests in Senate

Dec. 8, 2015

Dozens of Capitol food workers went on strike Tuesday, demanding to negotiate higher wages with their management and taking their message to other Senate workspace, specifically calling on Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the committee that oversees their contract, to support their push for better pay and union representation.

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