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Laura Barron-Lopez


Laura Barron-Lopez is a features writer for Roll Call and is currently in her third year at the California State University Fullerton. She is earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism. Prior to joining Roll Call, Laura was news director at CSUF’s daily paper the Daily Titan. She has covered a variety of political evens in California from Jerry Brown’s campaign kick-off during the 2010 elections as well as Meg Whitman’s election night concession speech. She is a California native pursuing a career in political and international journalism.

Barron-Lopez no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Laura Barron-Lopez:

First Openly Gay Ambassador Reflects on Political Statement

Dec. 16, 2011

James Hormel sat down with Roll Call to discuss his book and the importance of coming out.

It’s Still Difficult to Be Gay on the Hill

Dec. 16, 2011

Even as corporate America becomes a more gay-friendly place, gay and lesbian employees on Capitol Hill say they still worry about a lack of legal protection against discrimination, vulnerability during heated political battles and whether to be open with their co-workers about their sexual orientation.

Holland Taylor As Texas Favorite

Dec. 14, 2011

Holland Taylor’s theatrical take on the late Ann Richards is, she says, not political. “It’s about a persona, it’s about a person who lived life full out, money, marbles and chalk, all in.”

Car Service Provides Uber Comfort, Efficiency

Dec. 14, 2011

A new technologically savvy private driver service launching today hopes to give taxicabs a run for their money on the Hill.

Heard on the Hill: Nancy Pelosi’s Salon a Cut Above

Dec. 14, 2011

Looming government shutdowns, confidence-shaking debt limit standoffs and divisive payroll tax melees may rattle rank-and-file Members. But absolutely nothing stops the impeccably coiffed House Minority Leader from tending to her famous ’do.

Howard Coble Hospitalized With ‘Respiratory Illness’

Dec. 13, 2011

Rep. Howard Coble, 80, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital today with a “respiratory illness,” his office announced. The North Carolina Republican, who is serving his 14th term in Congress, has been fighting a cold for a week, his chief of staff said in a statement.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Dec. 12, 2011

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) talks about Jell-O molds and one of her famous relatives.

Marino Twice Tested by Cancer

Dec. 7, 2011

Before he was in Congress, Rep. Tom Marino had kidney cancer twice in one decade.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Dec. 5, 2011

It’s Tuesday, the day when HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the Representative from the Big Easy, talks about the liquor he enjoys over ice cream and the frequency of alligators back home.

Coach: ‘Well-Spoken Woman’ Tough, Likable

Nov. 30, 2011

There has never been a madam president, but when it happens, it will be because she followed a few simple rules, author and speech coach Christine Jahnke said.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Nov. 28, 2011

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time again for HOH to get to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) shows HOH that even a Member’s selection of roses can come with a historical reference and that she might one day opt for “La Dolce Vita.”

Heart Gallery Displays the Faces of Foster Care

Nov. 8, 2011

A group of 50 foster children will look for a second chance on the Hill this week. Photos of the children, one from each state, will be in the Russell Rotunda through Friday to draw attention to National Adoption Month.

Capitol Police Defeat Members, 27-14

Nov. 3, 2011

Despite a late comeback push by Members of Congress at Wednesday night’s 5th Biennial Congressional Football Game, the Capitol Police were able to hold on for a 27-14 victory.

Congressional Football Game Supports Charities

Nov. 1, 2011

It’s football season, and many in Washington, D.C., have been waiting for Wednesday night’s big showdown between Congress and the Capitol Police. The 5th Biennial Congressional Football Game will raise funds for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund and Our Military Kids Inc.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Oct. 31, 2011

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) talks about dessert and being a nurse.

Doctors Ask Congress to Revamp Dietary Priorities

Oct. 26, 2011

Two doctors who helped Bill Clinton swap burgers for salads urged Members of Congress to do the same Tuesday evening.

Former N.H. Rep. Perkins Bass Dies

Oct. 26, 2011

Perkins Bass, a decorated World War II veteran and former New Hampshire Congressman, died Tuesday at the age of 99. Politics was a family business for Bass, whose father served as governor of New Hampshire and whose son is Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.).

Martinez, Former California Representative, Dead at 82

Oct. 19, 2011

Former Rep. Matthew "Marty" Martinez of California died Saturday in his home in Virginia at the age of 82.

Speechwriter Moves From Politics to Fiction

Oct. 17, 2011

Ben Coes, a former campaign manager for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, used to write speeches. Now he writes thrillers.

Heard on the Hill: Who’s to Blame for Partisan Divide?

Oct. 14, 2011

A new documentary featuring several Members of Congress confirms we are living in a politically polarized time.

Lessons Learned From Animals

Oct. 14, 2011

Long before Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) was on the campaign trail to the Capitol, he used campaign strategies to win over his fellow Oregonians as a local veterinarian, knocking on door after door, pitching his slogan.

Rack Attack Adds Bicycle Parking in SE D.C.

Oct. 11, 2011

Bicycle racks were installed by the District Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner David Garber.

Get Your Motor Running in York

Oct. 5, 2011

Some travelers like to ride motorcycles to see the countryside during the fall. If that’s too much of a commitment, you can always do the next best thing and see where that motorcycle came from.

Check Out Area’s Other Factories

Oct. 5, 2011

Motorcycles aren’t the only product being made north of the border. South-central Pennsylvania is home to several factories and farms that welcome visitors for kid-friendly tours.

Heard on the Hill: Awkwardness Galore at Gala

Oct. 4, 2011

NBC correspondent Luke Russert mistook an awards ceremony for a roast Monday and made everyone feel uncomfortable at least once during the evening.

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