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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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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.

After 'Brutal' Races, Steve Stivers Sits Pretty in Redrawn Ohio District

Oct. 21, 2012

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — It’s less than three weeks before Election Day, and Rep. Steve Stivers (R) appears relaxed for the first time in six years.

Ohio: Sherrod Brown, Josh Mandel Get Testy and Personal in Debate

Oct. 18, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) were alternately feisty and condescending in a debate tonight in the state’s capital city.

Ohio Members Drowned Out by Ads

Oct. 17, 2012

MEDINA, Ohio — Parking officer Bud Haynes can’t be bothered to remember any candidates he watches on local television commercials anymore.

Ohio: Jim Renacci Attacks Betty Sutton on Cash for Clunkers

Oct. 17, 2012

CANTON, Ohio — The auto industry reigns in this northeastern corner of the Buckeye State, and three years after Congress passed Cash for Clunkers, the issue persists on the campaign trail.

Pennsylvania: Tom Smith Takes Advantage of National Trends With Deep Pockets

Oct. 17, 2012

SHELOCTA, Pa. — Atop hundreds of acres of lush farmland, a bold white sign directs visitors to the “Smith Complex” — the hilltop home of wealthy former coal company owner Tom Smith.

Mark Critz Is Fighting Barack Obama’s Ballot Drag to Keep His Seat

Oct. 15, 2012

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Rep. Mark Critz (D) receives a few skeptical looks as he greets the hundreds of Second Amendment enthusiasts filing into Sunday’s Gun Bash at the Crowfoot Sportsman’s Club.

Pennsylvania: New Poll Shows 10-Point Senate Race

Oct. 12, 2012

Sen. Bob Casey (D) led his opponent, former coal company owner Tom Smith (R), by 10 points in a new Philadelphia Inquirer survey released today.

Massachusetts: Tierney Cuts Back on TV Before Election Day

Oct. 12, 2012

Updated 8 p.m. | Embattled Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) no longer has advertisements on the books for Oct. 23 through Election Day in the pricey Boston market, according to two GOP sources who track media buys.

Joseph Biden, Paul Ryan Spar in Spirited Debate

Oct. 11, 2012

A testy Vice President Joseph Biden wrangled with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan on Thursday night in their only debate, which focused mostly on foreign policy.

Ohio: Charlie Wilson Responds With Own Poll in 6th District Race

Oct. 11, 2012

Former Rep. Charlie Wilson’s (D) campaign released new internal polling numbers today showing him with a 6-point lead over freshman Rep. Bill Johnson (R).

Arizona: NRSC IE Poll Shows Jeff Flake Ahead

Oct. 10, 2012

A second Republican poll today showed Rep. Jeff Flake (R) leading former surgeon general Richard Carmona (D) in the open-seat Senate race in Arizona.

Oil Workers a Focus in North Dakota

Oct. 10, 2012

In rural western North Dakota, tens of thousands of men work in the lucrative oil fields, far away from their families sprinkled across the country.

DCCC Cancels Three Big City Buys: Philly, Boston and Chicago

Oct. 10, 2012

House Democrats cut more than $1 million in television time in the Philadelphia market today in addition to eliminating major reservations in Boston and Chicago, according to a Democrat who tracks media buys.

Former Thaddeus McCotter Staffers in Court Thursday

Oct. 10, 2012

Two former staffers of ex-Rep. Thaddeus McCotter are expected to learn Thursday whether they will go to trial for allegedly filing fraudulent ballot petitions on behalf of the Michigan Republican's re-election bid.

Congress Takes Center Stage in VP Debate

Oct. 9, 2012

The presidential candidates uttered “Congress” just four times during their first debate last week. That probably won’t be the case on Thursday night, when two Capitol Hill veterans meet for the sole vice presidential debate.

Parties Prepare to Place Debt Bets on Victory

Oct. 9, 2012

House Democrats are confident they can put a dent in the Republican majority and perhaps flip the chamber in November.

Mitt Romney's Polling Surge Continues

Oct. 9, 2012

A cascade of poll numbers confirms Mitt Romney's big bounce after Wednesday's debate with President Barack Obama, putting him ahead in several national and state polls and closing the gaps in swing states where he had trailed.

Money From GOP Outside Groups Sparse in House Battles

Oct. 8, 2012

Republicans on Capitol Hill are quietly frustrated by the lack of outside group spending in House races, with less than a month to go before Election Day.

South Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia

Midwest Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin

New England Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

Wisconsin: New GOP Poll Gives Sean Duffy an 11-Point Edge

Oct. 7, 2012

A new Republican survey showed freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) leading his challenger by 11 points.

Mid-Atlantic Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Plains Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota

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