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Emma Dumain


Emma Dumain covers House leadership for Roll Call. From September 2011 to May 2013, she covered Roll Call's campus beat, where she wrote about the administration of the House and Senate, legislative branch appropriations, the Capitol Police and oversight of the District of Columbia, along with the myriad issues affecting Capitol Hill staffers and congressional support agencies.

A 2007 summer intern at Roll Call, Emma joined the publication full time in fall 2011 from Congressional Quarterly. There, she was first an editorial assistant and then a reporter, covering legislation as it moved through Congress with a focus on legislative branch spending, ethics, oversight and the postal service.

Emma is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she was editor-in-chief of the Oberlin Review, the official student newspaper.

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Stories by Emma Dumain:

What Election Night Meant for House Democratic Leadership

Nov. 6, 2014

Despite midterm losses of at least 13 House seats, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is unlikely to face any serious calls to step down as the leader of the Democratic Caucus, party insiders tell CQ Roll Call.

Despite Drubbing, Pelosi and Hoyer Plan to Stick Around

Nov. 5, 2014

Not 24 hours after Tuesday’s elections, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle were looking to get out in front of their bids to stay in leadership.

Garamendi Challenging DeFazio for Transportation and Infrastructure

Nov. 5, 2014

Democratic Rep. John Garamendi is challenging Rep. Peter A. DeFazio for the ranking member slot on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Pelosi to Seek Re-Election for Democratic Leader

Nov. 5, 2014

The suspense is over: In the quickest announcement in three cycles regarding her political future, Nancy Pelosi is asking to be re-elected as leader of the House Democratic Caucus.

Grijalva Eyes Comeback Bid on Natural Resources Committee

Nov. 5, 2014

After falling short last year, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will try to win the ranking member slot of the Natural Resources Committee for a second time, the Arizona Democrat’s office confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

For Cummings, a Higher Profile Means Getting Things Done

Nov. 4, 2014

BALTIMORE — There are many things Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants people to know about him. One is that his constituents love him.

New Republicans Will Strengthen Boehner's Hand in 114th

Nov. 3, 2014

Republican gains in the House Tuesday aren’t expected to top what the party was able to accomplish in 2010, but even modest inroads will change the status quo on Capitol Hill.

Indicted Grimm Says Financial Services Chair Saving Him a Seat

Oct. 28, 2014

If outgoing House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas decides to challenge Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the Financial Services gavel and succeeds, it wouldn’t be a setback for just the current chairman.

For 'The Gipper': Scalise Rallies GOP With 1964 Reagan Speech

Oct. 27, 2014

On Monday, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., gave his 233 House Republican colleagues and a handful of congressional candidates a virtual pep talk, emailing around a copy of President Ronald Reagan’s famous “A Time for Choosing” speech, along with a note on its significance.

Cynthia Lummis: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' After Husband's Death

Oct. 26, 2014

Alvin Wiederspahn, a former state legislator and the husband of Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, R-Wyo., died Friday at the age of 65, according to a statement from the lawmaker on Saturday.

GOP Gavel Fights: 11 House Committee Chairmanships In Play

Oct. 23, 2014

Almost every House member is on the stump this month, wrapping up re-election bids, with most cruising to new terms and a handful on both sides of the aisle scrambling to hang on to their jobs. But for a select few GOP lawmakers — those actively seeking committee chairmanships — the final days before Nov. 4 are as much about lining up support among colleagues as they are about connecting with voters.

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

Oct. 22, 2014

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

Energy and Commerce Rivals Battle to the Wire

Oct. 22, 2014

Since January, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Anna G. Eshoo have been positioning themselves as the obvious choice to be the top Democrat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

Before Ending Chairmanship, Issa Sets Ebola Hearing for Oversight

Oct. 17, 2014

California Republican Darrell Issa has a well-deserved reputation for finding ways to bring the issue of the moment into his committee’s jurisdiction.

GOP Lawmakers: Congress Should Pass Ebola Travel Ban

Oct. 17, 2014

Will the House interrupt its recess to vote on a travel ban or visa suspensions to prevent the further spread of Ebola on U.S. soil?

Republicans, Democrats Trade Punches Over CDC, NIH Ebola Funding

Oct. 16, 2014

The House majority whip lashed out at Democrats Thursday for trying to blame Republicans for sanctioning cuts to medical research that might have helped curb the spread of Ebola in the United States.

Don Young: the Kodiak Bear of Capitol Hill (Video)

Oct. 16, 2014

He’s flouted ethics rules. Twisted a staffer’s arm. Even allegedly threatened a life, telling his Democratic challenger this fall that the last person to touch him “ended up on the ground dead” — a fact he told CQ Roll Call there was “some truth” to.

The Softer Side of Don Young: A Counterpoint

Oct. 16, 2014

Adjectives such as “kind,” “caring,” “fatherly” and “honest” wouldn’t prompt most people to conjure up an image of Rep. Don Young.

Retiring Bachmann Signals She's Still in the Game

Oct. 15, 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann may be retiring at the end of this year, but the woman who rose to prominence by founding the Congressional Tea Party Caucus in 2010 and running for president in 2012 isn’t leaving Washington, D.C., quietly.

Where Does Pelosi Play? The Fine Art of Surrogate Campaigning

Oct. 10, 2014

House members who want to help their party in the final stretch of campaign season have options. They can offer endorsements. Make calls. Write checks.

Pelosi: Call Congress Back for Minimum Wage, War Authorization Votes

Oct. 10, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Speaker John A. Boehner Friday to bring the House back into session to vote on two things: Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and Authorizing Use of Military Force to combat the Islamic State terrorist group.

'Contract With America' Set High-Water Mark for GOP Unity

Oct. 6, 2014

Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay — or “The Hammer,” as he was known in his leadership days — recently called the GOP Class of 1994 “the greatest freshman class . . . to walk into the House of Representatives.”

Issa, Cummings Issue Joint Call for Secret Service Review

Oct. 3, 2014

The top Republican and Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee are formally asking Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to conduct a “comprehensive external review” of Secret Service practices and protocol.

Pelosi Calls for 'Independent Investigation' Into Secret Service

Oct. 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an "independent investigation" into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were "inexcusable."

"The challenge may be more than one person," the California Democrat told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "Whether she [resigns] or not, I think we need an independent investigation. Her leaving doesn't end the need to learn more."

Pelosi Calls for 'Independent Investigation' Into Secret Service Lapses (Video)

Oct. 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an “independent investigation” into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were “inexcusable.”

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