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Shira T. Center

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Shira T. Center (née Toeplitz) is the politics editor for Roll Call, where she oversees and assigns the publication's election coverage, including the "At the Races" blog. Under Shira's leadership, the politics desk traveled to cover 36 different House and Senate races from the ground in two dozen states during the midterms. Her team regularly breaks news on the cycle's most-watched congressional races, covering more contests than competitors and keeping the ultimate Capitol Hill insider in mind.

One of the Beltway’s best campaign reporters and analysts, she has covered politics from Alaska to New Hampshire and everywhere in between for a decade. An authority on congressional races, Shira possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the demographics and geography of House districts. She spearheaded Roll Call's coverage of the decennial redistricting process following the U.S. Census. Also during her tenure, Shira was the first national reporter to interview Sen. Al Franken after his election and the last to do an extended interview with Sarah Palin before she was selected as the GOP vice-presidential pick.

A frequent guest on cable news programs, Shira regularly offers commentary on politics and campaigns for CNN, MSNBC and FOX. She has been a featured speaker at her alma mater, Northwestern University, as well as at American University and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She regularly speaks to Running Start, a nonpartisan program for collegiate women in politics, and serves on that group's Advisory Council.

In 2014, Shira served as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics — the youngest professional ever selected for the program. During the spring semester, she planned and led a series of eight discussions on women, media and congressional elections. Also that year, Shira won CQ Roll Call's Leadership Award for collaboration and innovation.

Shira has worked in Washington as a political reporter and writer since 2005. She was formerly a staff writer for Politico and for National Journal’s the Hotline, and her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post and Washingtonian.

Shira graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, earning honors for her thesis on gender and political communications. Shira hails from Pittsburgh and is an avid Steelers fan. She currently lives in D.C.’s H Street NE neighborhood with her husband.

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Gary Peters Debuts Bio Spot During Sweet 16 Games

March 27, 2014

Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., locked in an increasingly competitive race for Senate, will debut his first television spot this week during two Wolverine State college basketball games.

Dues Sheet: Chairman Raised $10M for DCCC

Jan. 13, 2014

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel has raised $10.4 million so far for his committee for the midterm elections, topping the previous fundraising record for his post at this point in the cycle.

House Retirements Offer Democrats Limited Hope

Jan. 8, 2014

On the surface, the recent slew of House Republican retirements from competitive districts should boost Democrats’ hopes of winning the majority in 2014.

Longtime Dems McIntyre, McCarthy to Retire (Updated) (Video)

Jan. 8, 2014

Updated 1:09 p.m. | Two longtime House Democrats — Reps. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Carolyn McCarthy of New York — will not seek re-election in 2014, according to multiple Democratic sources.

Jim Gerlach Won't Seek Re-Election (Updated)

Jan. 6, 2014

Updated 1:48 PM, 2:20 PM, 4:53 PM | Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2014, marking yet another moderate House Republican to leave Congress.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: North Carolina Senate

Jan. 2, 2014

This cycle’s best bellwether for Senate control is North Carolina, where Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is seeking re-election in this increasingly frequent battleground state.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Pennsylvania's 13th District

Jan. 1, 2014

The House isn’t very popular these days, so why would anyone want to return there after a 20-year hiatus? The answer — if there is one — is just one reason why the crowded primary for this suburban Philadelphia, strong Democratic district is so fascinating.

How Roll Call's Best Politics Stories of 2013 Happened

Dec. 31, 2013

Like many politics news consumers/news people working during the holidays, I’ve read a lot of listicles in the last couple weeks (some even on Roll Call). My eyes now glaze over when the words “best of” run across my Tweetdeck.

DCCC Raises $5 Million in November (Updated)

Dec. 20, 2013

Updated 4 p.m. | The campaign arm of House Democrats brought in $5 million during November, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call by a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide.

Roll Call's 10 Most Vulnerable House Members Revealed

Nov. 4, 2013

The midterm elections are one year away, but it’s already clear that days are numbered for some endangered House members.

House Democrats Pull Pages From the Rahm Playbook

Nov. 1, 2013

Democrats have taken a few pages from Rahm Emanuel’s playbook in hopes of boosting their difficult quest to win the House majority in 2014.

Charlie Dent, the New GOP Voice of Moderation

Oct. 2, 2013

In a matter of months, a once-discreet Rep. Charlie Dent has emerged as the new spokesman for the House GOP’s moderate wing.

Spencer Bachus Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2014

Sept. 30, 2013

Longtime Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, according to several local news outlets and a statement from his office.

Kyle All Smiles With Birth of Smallest Politics Reporter

Sept. 27, 2013

Roll Call politics reporter Kyle Trygstad announced the birth of his first child, Michaela Rayne Trygstad, on Friday afternoon.

Ex-Congresswoman Won't Seek Rematch in New York | #NY24

Sept. 25, 2013

Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek a rematch with her two-time rival, Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y.

DeMaio Considers Bid for Mayor After Bob Filner's Resignation

Aug. 23, 2013

Republican Carl DeMaio’s campaign confirmed late Friday that he is speaking with supporters who are urging him to run for mayor now that disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has submitted his resignation.

Ex-Congressman Won't Attempt Comeback Bid in Pennsylvania | #PA12

Aug. 14, 2013

Former Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., will not attempt a congressional comeback bid in 2014, opting to seek statewide office instead.

Ex-Bush Aide Elise Stefanik Will Challenge Bill Owens #NY21

Aug. 6, 2013

Former Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik will announce her bid to challenge Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., on Tuesday, kicking off her quest for one of the GOP’s most elusive House seats in the Empire State.

Vitter Super PAC Rakes In Big Bucks for Re-Election or Gubernatorial Bid

July 11, 2013

A super PAC that supports Sen. David Vitter raised a whopping $750,000 in the past six months to aid the Louisiana Republican’s re-election or a possible gubernatorial bid in the next couple of years.

Lamar Alexander Buys Pre-Emptive TV Ad Featuring Rand Paul

July 5, 2013

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., placed a six-figure television buy more than a year ahead of Tennessee’s primary, enlisting Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as a guest star, according to an Alexander spokesman.

Rick Perry Signs Texas Congressional Map Into Law

June 26, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed the Lone Star State’s new congressional map into law, ending the state’s long and twisted redistricting saga of the 2012 cycle.

4 Effects of Voting Rights Ruling on 2014 Midterms

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act will change the country’s politics. And in some cases, the change could come as soon as 2014.

Supreme Court Strikes Key Parts of Voting Rights Law (Updated)

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court has ruled key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, dealing a disappointing decision to minority voting rights activists and asking Congress to develop new guidelines for the landmark law.

3 Ways to Rule on the Voting Rights Act

June 18, 2013

The Supreme Court is expected to rule next week on Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires certain states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval for any changes to voting laws.

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