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Neda Semnani


Neda Semnani is the Heard on the Hill reporter for Roll Call. She joined CQ Roll Call in 2008.

Neda was the deputy editor for BillTrack, CQ Roll Call’s legislative tracking product, for two years before moving a few desks and diving into a whole new gossipy world.

Before falling in love with all things Congressional, Neda consulted for the World Bank, managed programs for nongovernmental organizations in the Middle East and later a nonprofit in New York City.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Semnani no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Neda Semnani:

Eleanor Holmes Norton to Open New Office in NoMa

April 29, 2013

Last week, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., announced that she’s moving her district office to NoMa, a neighborhood in Washington’s Northeast quadrant.

NBA's Jason Collins Comes Out, Gives Rep. Kennedy Some of the Credit

April 29, 2013

In the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated, NBA center Jason Collins comes out as a proud black, gay man and partially credits Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., for this decision.

Frelinghuysen Reunites With Old Army Buddy on the Hill

April 29, 2013

You know that friend. The one who comes into your life, maybe just briefly, but the one who gets you and accepts you almost instinctively? That friend who, even after years apart, makes it feel like no time has passed when you’re reunited?

Congressional Kid: Best Part of Being on the Hill? Pranks

April 25, 2013

Today is Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, so everyone is bringing their very special mini-me to the office, including members of Congress.

Sen. John Thune Injured, May Have to Sit Out Capital Challenge

April 25, 2013

Hill runners, how many of you were hoping to best Sen. John Thune during this year’s ACLI Capital Challenge? Well, get used to disappointment, folks.

Boehner, Future Son-in-Law Might Disagree

April 25, 2013

The National Enquirer is reporting that Speaker John A. Boehner’s soon-to-be son-in-law smoked pot seven years ago.

Tim Kaine's Quality Hammer Time at Caps Game

April 24, 2013

This might sound like a bit of a whiskey dream, but rapper and preacher MC Hammer was spotted at Tuesday night’s Washington Capitals game straight chilling with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Sequester Grounds Mile-High Trysts

April 23, 2013

General panic has hit airports over the air traffic control furloughs brought about by sequestration. Many media outlets, airlines and customers have been wringing their hands over what some are calling the “airport armageddon.” The frisky among us, meanwhile, have used it as an excuse to hook up.

Steve Stockman Staffer Takes Twitter Feeds Seriously

April 23, 2013

Rep. Steve Stockman’s Twitter feed, never a source of dull content, took off last week, giving its followers a series of real-time updates of the events unfolding around the manhunt for the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect, with live tweets of scanner chatter and general news curation.

'Coriolanus' Provides a Modern Political Morality Tale

April 22, 2013

A staccato drum beat. A stone, gray set. The nobles stand a body-length above the people. The people are hungry and shouting for corn. The nobility looks on in disdain.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel in DC While Chi-Town Floods

April 19, 2013

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Thursday morning event at The Atlantic was canceled at the last minute due to the torrential rains and subsequent flood ravaging the Windy City. Yet, it doesn’t appear the mayor canceled plans to be at the White House on Friday.

Great Neptune's Revenge! Coburn Falls Into a Fountain at Gala

April 18, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn took an accidental dip in a fountain at Wednesday night’s 31st March of Dimes Gourmet Gala.

Goodlatte Inspires Musical Tribute

April 18, 2013

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte has quite the enthusiastic fan base!

Henry Rollins' D.C. Homecoming

April 18, 2013

Over the next few weeks, keep your eyes and ears peeled as you wander our great town.

Chess Masters Four Moves Ahead of Capitol Hill

April 17, 2013

Trying to move policy in this town can feel a lot like watching a blindfolded scrum of well-dressed people play chess.

One Heck of a Guy

April 17, 2013

It ended up being a Heck of a night. On the evening of April 12, a plane left Washington, D.C., heading to Las Vegas. A female passenger began to feel a bit woozy and her condition quickly escalated, so the flight attendants took to the intercom and asked the plane if there was a doctor on the flight.

Beer, Art and Bipartisan Bonhomie

April 15, 2013

A lion, a tiger, some paint, a local brewery and a touch of humility have brought a congressman, an artist and a local brewer together to talk about art, politics and Washington, paving the way for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., to continue his quest for bipartisan civility.

Overheard on the Hill

April 14, 2013

“I’m going to take a nap. I was up late last night.”

Obama Wears Things on His Head

April 12, 2013

President Barack Obama said Friday that presidents don’t wear hats. But we see plenty of evidence that he’s willing to make an exception, if the chapeau is right.

Stockman Mixes Babies, Guns and Abortion With New Bumper Sticker

April 12, 2013

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is rapidly becoming one of our favorite members of Congress.

Ex-Lawmakers to Investigate Extra-Terrestrials

April 11, 2013

Former members of Congress will bring their investigative chops back to Washington later this month to get to the bottom of an issue that has vexed scientists in both the U.S. government as well as the “X-Files” for years — the existence of extraterrestrial life and the U.S. government’s alleged cover-up of the issue.

Wrong, So Wrong: Your Afternoon LULZ, Courtesy of MSNBC

April 10, 2013

One eagle-eyed HOH reader sent us this quick shot of the “gang of eight” in the House of Representatives as it flashed across MSNBC.

Thatcher's Death Makes Rep. Stockman Ready to Crush Liberals

April 8, 2013

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman is broken up about the passing of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and is burning his way through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief.

Fattah: Through the Google Glass

April 7, 2013

Is reaching into your pocket for your smartphone just too hard? Have you smacked into a pole while looking down at your gadget? Are you a constant disappointment to family and friends because you’re distracted by your gadgets?

Senators Appreciate Mike Tyson's Support

April 5, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have picked up a curious ally in their push to secure a presidential pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson.

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