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Shira T. Center

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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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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.

Presidential Campaigns Make Closing Arguments in Sprint to Election Day

Nov. 4, 2012

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made their closing pitches to swelled crowds of swing state supporters in the final weekend before voters deliver their verdict, while top surrogates hit the Sunday show circuit to spin their map to victory on Tuesday.

Indiana: Howey Poll Gives Donnelly Big Edge Over Mourdock

Nov. 2, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) led state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) by 11 points in the latest bipartisan survey from Howey Politics Indiana.

Illinois: Bloomberg Super PAC Buys $730K in Airtime for Robert Dold

Nov. 1, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC will back Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) with $730,000 worth of television ads, according to three GOP sources tracking media buys.

Candidates Abandon Campaign Trail to Dial for Dollars

Oct. 31, 2012

Congressional candidates don’t get out as much as they used to.

Joe Walsh Struggles With Crossover Appeal in Chicago Suburbs

Oct. 31, 2012

PALATINE, Ill. — Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R) and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) have polar opposite personalities and politics. But they have one unusual similarity in this House race: They are both battling their national profiles to win this northwestern suburban Chicago House seat.

Robert Dold Fights District, Party Label in Bid for Second Term

Oct. 30, 2012

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Freshman Rep. Robert Dold boasts the dubious distinction of representing the most Democratic district of any Republican Member of the House.

Changed Politics and District Haunt Judy Biggert in Illinois

Oct. 30, 2012

LEMONT, Ill. — Rep. Judy Biggert built a reputation as a genteel Republican willing to work across the aisle during her 14 years in Congress.

Illinois: Democrats' Redistricting Crown Jewel Not as Royal as Expected

Oct. 30, 2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Democratic hopes of winning the House majority have been quashed, but in this northern Chicago suburb’s crowded village hall on a Saturday morning, one can see the glimmer of what might have been.

House Majority PAC Airs Final Spots in Nine Races

Oct. 30, 2012

Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC today will announce its final flight of advertisements in nine key races.

Indiana: Mourdock's Post-Debate Poll Shows Tied Race

Oct. 26, 2012

CHICAGO — Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s (R) campaign released a poll this morning showing a tied Senate race after his Tuesday night debate, when he called pregnancy from rape something that “God intended.”

No Room for Error in Indiana Senate Contest

Oct. 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — By now, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock should know when to hold his tongue.

Indiana: John Cornyn Stands by Richard Mourdock After Abortion Comments

Oct. 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) is standing by his nominee in Indiana, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who said pregnancy that results from rape “is something God intended to happen” in the final Senate debate Tuesday night.

Indiana: Richard Mourdock Apologizes to Those Who Misunderstood Comments

Oct. 24, 2012

Updated 3:45 p.m. |INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) sought to clarify his controversial debate comment that pregnancies resulting from rape are “something that God intended to happen” this morning, apologizing to those who misunderstood his remarks but standing by their intended meaning.

In Debate, Richard Mourdock Says Pregnancy From Rape Something 'God Intended to Happen'

Oct. 23, 2012

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — In the final, high-stakes debate before Election Day, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) touched on an issue that has bedeviled another Republican Senate candidate, saying that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Indiana: Internal Poll Shows Joe Donnelly Holds 2-Point Lead

Oct. 23, 2012

MADISON, Ind. — Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) will release internal polling today showing him with a 2-point lead over his Senate opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R).

Age More Than Just a Number for Mandel, Brown in Ohio Battle

Oct. 22, 2012

MARIETTA, Ohio — Many Ohio voters describe Josh Mandel as a “young” 35. His hairless chin and wiry frame means even his supporters underestimate his age by a decade.

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