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Shira T. Center


Shira T. Center (née Toeplitz) is the politics editor for Roll Call. One of the Beltway’s best campaign reporters and analysts, she has covered politics from Alaska to New Hampshire and everywhere in between for nearly a decade.

During her tenure at Roll Call, 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. An authority on congressional races, Shira spearheaded her publication's coverage of the decennial redistricting process following the U.S. Census. She possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the demographics and geography of Congressional districts and she can articulate the intricacies of voting rights laws in digestible and interesting ways.

A frequent guest on cable news programs, Shira has offered commentary on politics and campaigns for ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, 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.

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 Adams Morgan neighborhood with her husband and cat, who are also Steelers fans.

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Remainders: 867-5309/Jenny, Don't Change Your Number

April 25, 2013

What we’re mulling on Thursday …

Daylin Leach Talks Marijuana, Progressive Politics and Rock #PA13 | The Candidate

April 25, 2013

Editor’s note: Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Writer Stuart Rothenberg. This new blog feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses have been edited and condensed.

Bill Nelson Mulls Bid for Florida Governor

April 25, 2013

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is considering a bid against GOP Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.

Former Todd Akin Consultant Has Controversial Past | Shop Talk

April 25, 2013

Earlier this week, Abby Livingston broke the news about a major shake-up at a prominent GOP consulting firm, The Strategy Group for Media. One of the firm’s most prolific ad-makers, SGM President Nick Everhart, said he was terminated via email late on a Saturday night earlier this month.

Remainders: Big-Sky Dreams

April 23, 2013

What you might have missed “At the Races” on Tuesday …

House Republicans Announce Vulnerable Incumbents for Patriot Program

April 22, 2013

The House GOP’s campaign arm unveiled the first round of vulnerable incumbents for its Patriot program on Monday morning, suggesting which members it believes could need the most help in 2014.

Democrats Markey, Lynch Resume Campaigns #MAsen

April 22, 2013

Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch resumed their Senate special-election campaigns on Monday. It’s been one week since the two Bay State Democrats suspended political activities after the Boston Marathon bombing.

NRCC Raises $8.1 Million in March but Trails DCCC

April 18, 2013

The House GOP’s campaign organization raised $8.1 million in March for its efforts to keep the speaker’s gavel in Republican hands.

Delaware: The Return of Christine O'Donnell?

April 18, 2013

In 2010, Christine O’Donnell famously defeated then-Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., in the GOP Senate primary — then lost the general election to now-Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat. (See “I’m not a witch… I’m you.”)

Money Reveals Some Members Aren't Really Serious About Senate Bids (Yet)

April 18, 2013

If Reps. Steve King,Jeff Fortenberry andNick J. Rahall II are serious about running for Senate, their campaign fundraising does not show it.

Members Cough Up $4.3M for DCCC

April 17, 2013

House Democrats’ campaign arm raised an unprecedented $22.6 million in the first quarter of this year, thanks in large part to member contributions, committee officials say.

Hey, Big (House Race) Spender!

April 17, 2013

Running a congressional campaign can be expensive. But it’s rare for House members to spend almost as much as they raised in the first quarter of a two-year election cycle.

Illinois: Rodney Davis Raises $401K in First Quarter

April 10, 2013

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., raised just north of $401,000 in his first full fundraising quarter in Congress, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Illinois: Republican Preps for Foster Challenge With D.C. Trip

April 10, 2013

State Rep. Darlene Senger will meet with Republicans in Washington, D.C., this week in preparation to challenge Democratic Rep. Bill Foster next year.

Remainders: #BluegrassGate

April 9, 2013

Maybe you were hiding under a rock today. Or stuck in multiple, hours-long meetings. Or outside enjoying the unseasonably nice Washington, D.C., weather.

Pennsylvania: Schwartz Officially Enters Race for Governor

April 8, 2013

Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., has officially entered the race for governor, filing paperwork Monday to run against GOP Gov. Tom Corbett.

NRSC to GOP Consultants: Got Any Better Ideas?

April 4, 2013

Want a lucrative consulting contract from the National Republican Senatorial Committee or one of their top candidates this cycle? First, a few questions.

West Virginia: Capito Raises $915,000 for Senate Bid

April 3, 2013

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has kicked off her Senate campaign with strong fundraising, bringing in $915,000 in her first full quarter as a statewide candidate.

NRCC Makes Small Ad Buys In Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota

March 29, 2013

The National Republican Congressional Committee has bought airtime in three television markets in the next week, according to a Democrat and a Republican who monitor media buys.

3 Reasons Why Don Young Is Alaska's Political Teflon

March 29, 2013

Longtime Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, drew anger from colleagues and voters when he referred to Hispanic farm workers as “wetbacks” this week. Young tried to explain the slur as outdated terminology from his youth, even as Speaker John A. Boehner demanded he apologize.

Arkansas: Pryor Disses Bloomberg's Gun Control Media Blitz

March 25, 2013

The first sign that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $12 million gun control ad campaign targeting senators might not go as planned?

DSCC Raises $500,000 From Ryan Budget Affront

March 18, 2013

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $500,000 in its recent campaign attacking House Republicans — and possible Senate candidates — for supporting Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s budget blueprint, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Michigan: Scott Romney Not Running for Senate Source Says

March 12, 2013

Scott Romney will not run for the open Michigan Senate seat in 2014, according to a state GOP source who spoke with Romney late on Tuesday.

Michigan: Scott Romney Considering Senate Bid

March 8, 2013

Scott Romney, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s brother, is looking at running for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat, according to a Michigan GOP source with first-hand knowledge of his interest.

House Democrats Cash In With Online Fundraising Program

Feb. 18, 2013

It’s usually easier to bring in big bucks when your party holds the speaker’s gavel. But last cycle, House Democrats crushed their competitors thanks to a dramatic spike in online fundraising.

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