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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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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mid-Atlantic Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

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

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.

South Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

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

New England Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

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

Plains Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

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

Midwest Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin

Mountain Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming

West Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington

Southwest Region Roundup

Oct. 7, 2012

Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

DCCC Cancels Three Weeks of Buys in Seats It Feels Are Safe

Oct. 2, 2012

House Democrats have canceled advertisement buys in three House races where the party’s nominee is on a clear path to victory.

People for the American Way Airs Hispanic Ads in Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia

Oct. 1, 2012

People for the American Way will launch a $1 million Hispanic ad campaign during the next five weeks in a trio of unexpected battleground states.

Iowa: GOP Stops Airing Spots in Bruce Braley’s District

Oct. 1, 2012

The National Republican Congressional Committee ceased its advertisements in the 1st district last week, according to two Democratic sources monitoring ad buys in the state.

10 Early Voting States' Downticket Races to Watch

Oct. 1, 2012

For many Senate and House races, the election could be over weeks before Nov. 6. If these Congressional candidates just aired their first commercials or haven't even debated their opponents yet, early voters might not hear any of it before making their decisions.

Illinois: Poll for David Gill Shows Single-Digit Race

Oct. 1, 2012

The campaign of emergency room physician David Gill (D) released a poll Monday showing him in a dead heat with his opponent, Republican Rodney Davis, a former top aide to Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.).

Race Ratings Changes: Indiana Senate Moves to Tossup; Mix of House Moves

Sept. 27, 2012

This is arguably the most volatile period for the House battleground map, as partisan operatives are making their final ad spending decisions and beginning to move money away from some racesto put more resources into other contests.

Indiana: New Independent Poll Shows Tied Senate Race

Sept. 27, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) led state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) by 2 points — a statistical dead heat — in a new bipartisan poll of the Indiana Senate race released today.

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