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Shira T. Center


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 — one of the youngest professionals 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 no longer works for CQ Roll Call.

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South Dakota: Club for Growth 'Not Focused' on Rounds

Nov. 29, 2012

The conservative Club for Growth is taking a hands-off approach to former Gov. Michael Rounds’ Senate bid — at least for now.

Inside the 2014 Senate Races

Nov. 28, 2012

Roll Call’s initial Senate ratings outlook projects a potentially bullish cycle for Republicans, with an opportunity to recapture the majority for the first time in eight years.

Illinois: Ex-Rep. Reynolds to Run for Former Seat in Special Election

Nov. 28, 2012

Disgraced former Rep. Mel Reynolds, a Democrat, will announced Wednesday afternoon that he’s seeking the Illinois 2nd District seat he once held, according to The Associated Press.

Illinois: Harris to Play Ball in 2nd District Special Election

Nov. 27, 2012

Count former NFL linebacker Napoleon Harris in for Illinois’ 2nd District special election.

Jackson Resignation Spurs Crowded Race for the House in Chicagoland

Nov. 26, 2012

The resignation of Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. has opened a pipeline of aspiring Chicago Democrats eyeing the vacant seat.

lllinois: Halvorson Jumps Into Jackson Special

Nov. 26, 2012

Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., will run in the special election to replace her former political nemesis, former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.

Illinois: Governor Schedules Feb. 26 Special Election Primary

Nov. 26, 2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has scheduled a Feb. 26 special election primary for former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.’s seat.

West Virginia: Capito Running for Senate

Nov. 25, 2012

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia will announce a bid for the Senate on Monday, taking aim at Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Roll Call has confirmed.

NRCC Took Out $12 Million Loan in October

Nov. 16, 2012

House Republicans borrowed $12 million in the waning weeks before Election Day, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction.

Israel Returns for Second Round as Chairman of the DCCC

Nov. 14, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday to colleagues that the caucus campaign chief, New York Rep. Steve Israel, will stay on for a second cycle.

Senate Republicans Pick Moran to Run NRSC

Nov. 14, 2012

Senate Republicans unanimously elected Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran to serve as chairman of their campaign arm for the 2014 cycle and also named Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas to serve as vice chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Cornyn Sees Lessons From 2012 Defeats

Nov. 14, 2012

Looking back on his role as National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he believes Republicans will learn from this election cycle’s defeats to improve the way the party works with candidates and campaigns.

Portman, Cruz to Serve as NRSC Vice Chairmen

Nov. 14, 2012

Updated 3:37 p.m.| Senate Republicans named Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas to serve as vice chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Wednesday.

Can Moran Lead the GOP to Majority?

Nov. 13, 2012

If Senate Republicans are looking for a dream candidate to improve the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s fortunes, they won’t get much of a choice Wednesday, despite their private grumbling.

Portman Rules Out NRSC Bid

Nov. 13, 2012

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will not run for National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman in Wednesday’s leadership elections, according to a GOP aide familiar with his decision.

Donnelly's Long and Winding Road to the Senate

Nov. 12, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly soared down U.S. Route 41 in Indiana in his navy Jeep on the two-hour drive from Terre Haute to Evansville. It was the evening of Oct. 3, and after 18 grueling months of campaigning, Donnelly had received his best poll numbers yet that morning. Flanked by cornfields and Cracker Barrels, he believed he had finally put away his opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Team Obama Takes Victory Lap

Nov. 8, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign team took a final victory lap this afternoon, boasting of statistics in battleground states that brought their candidate a resounding victory on Tuesday.

Who Will Take the Reins of Senate Campaign Committees?

Nov. 7, 2012

The last GOP nominee had not yet conceded Wednesday and Senate Republicans had already started searching for a leader to find a path back to 51 seats.

Jerry Moran: I Have Enough Support to Win NRSC Chairmanship

Nov. 7, 2012

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced today that he has acquired enough support to win the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman post in the upcoming leadership elections.

Several Ex-House Members Coming Back

Nov. 7, 2012

UPDATED 4:00 a.m. | At least eight former House Members will return to Congress next year, and five of them are Democrats who were defeated in the GOP wave of 2010.

Beyond California, Six House Races Too Close to Call

Nov. 7, 2012

Razor-thin margins mean more than a handful of House races might not produce a winner today — or this week. There are still several races in Californiathathave yet to be called by the Associated Press. Here are the races outside the Golden State that remained too close to call as of this morning.

Indiana: Joe Donnelly Defeats Richard Mourdock

Nov. 6, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) has defeated state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) tonight, handing Senate Democrats another pickup, according to the Associated Press.

House Update: GOP Holds Majority as Incumbents on Both Sides Fall

Nov. 6, 2012

Updated 1:45 a.m. | House Republicans were wiped out in the Northeast in Tuesday’s elections, especially in New England, where there won’t be a single GOP Member returning to Congress next year.

The Recount Primer

Nov. 5, 2012

It’s the seven-letter word that operatives and politicians dread: recount. The process can drag out an expensive race long past Election Day.

Candidates Make Last-Minute Loans to Campaigns

Nov. 5, 2012

A slew of Congressional candidates dipped into their own wallets over the past week to fund one final push in their campaigns.

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