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Warren Rojas

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Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call. He returns to the business of shadowing our elected leaders after a five-year stint as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine.

Rojas spent the early part of his career covering the sordid world of tax policy first as a Congressional reporter and later as the pioneering investigative reporter for Tax Notes. He holds journalism degrees from both James Madison University and American University.

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Stories by Warren Rojas:

Hospitality Giants Aim to Mobilize Food Fans to Action (Video)

Jan. 29, 2015

It turns out that huddling with food-conscious Washingtonians and raising millions of dollars for local charities was merely an appetizer for “Sips & Suppers” co-founders José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters.

Sheldon Whitehouse Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Deniers

Jan. 29, 2015

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse recently assured fellow eco-warriors that the tide on Capitol Hill is turning against those who feel protecting the environment is a non-issue.

Jim McGovern Joins Sips & Suppers Trio at Rayburn Reception

Jan. 28, 2015

Massachusetts Democrat and House Hunger Caucus Chairman Jim McGovern welcomes "Sips & Suppers" co-founders Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and José Andrés to the halls of Congress, following their whirlwind weekend of raising money for local food charities D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha's Table.

GOP Snowmobile Trek Mirrors Meat Week

Jan. 28, 2015

Reps. Dan Benishek and Bill Huizenga are hitting the back roads of the Wolverine State Thursday for their 2nd Annual Congressional Snowmobile Ride — a wintry romp punctuated by plenty of meaty pit stops.

‘Compared to What’ Team Campaigns to Bring Flick to D.C.

Jan. 27, 2015

Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, the documentarians who filmed former Rep. Barney Frank throughout the Massachusetts Democrat’s final year in Congress, have launched an online fundraising effort to help spread their still-in-need-of-fine-tuning project nationwide.

Gardner, Rangel Co-Headlining 2015 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Jan. 27, 2015

Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.

House Staffer Keeps 'Em Guessing on 'Jeopardy!'

Jan. 26, 2015

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up?

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Jan. 26, 2015

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

Ultraconservatives Dig In via House Freedom Caucus

Jan. 26, 2015

GOP lawmakers who find the far-right Republican Study Committee too squishy now have a new clique to call home: the House Freedom Caucus.

Ford Trinket Transports Mike Quigley Down Memory Road

Jan. 23, 2015

In anticipation of the 2015 Washington Auto Show, representatives from Ford Motor Company fanned out across the Capitol to deliver commemorative models of the latest Mustang to the 150-odd members of Congress whose districts produce parts for the iconic muscle car.

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever-gate

Jan. 23, 2015

Seizing on an opponent’s latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication director’s realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have one’s digital way with the news of the day.

Exit Interview: Matthew Leffingwell Treasures Congressional Raconteurs

Jan. 23, 2015

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?

Chilling Out Is What It’s All About at the Dolcezza Factory

Jan. 22, 2015

The little, local gelato maker that could has come a long way from solely dishing scoops of handmade refreshment to college kids and thrusting samples in the faces of those perusing different stalls at the farmers market. The decade-long trek to the top of the frozen dessert heap in D.C. has culminated in the development of the bright, welcoming Dolcezza Factory at 550 Penn St. NE that took up residence in the shadow of next-gen shopping hub Union Market last winter.

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Jan. 21, 2015

Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Wednesday were expected to kick-start the process to nominate fellow Lone Star Stater Rep. Charlie Wilson for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Senate Aide Scores Picture-Perfect SOTU Keepsake

Jan. 21, 2015

Alejandro Renteria didn’t have any paper handy when President Barack Obama inched closer on his way out of the House chamber post-State of the Union. So the quick-thinking Democratic aide stuck his neck out and asked to have something a little unusual autographed: his tie.

OK Go Aims to Help Drone Lobby Take Off

Jan. 20, 2015

Is your office abuzz about unmanned aircraft systems? Allow OK Go to set your mind at ease about making the most of miniature flying contraptions during a pro-drone tutorial at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW).

State of the Union Drink-o

Jan. 20, 2015

Why should politicos be the only ones to get all punchy while President Barack Obama yammers on about something or other Tuesday night? Tap into the excitement surrounding #ThisTown’s version of the Academy Awards/Super Bowl by punctuating each prescribed buzzword with a wee nip of something special.

John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

Jan. 20, 2015

Rep. John Lewis has once again donned his graphic novelist cowl, officially swinging back into campaign mode on Wednesday to help promote the second installment of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

Jan. 20, 2015

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

Who’ll Steal the Show at SOTU?

Jan. 20, 2015

The thing about the State of the Union address is, even though the American people are supposed to hang on to every word that drops from President Barack Obama’s lips, there’ll be 534 other highly opinionated people around that night who would also like to have their say.

The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

Jan. 20, 2015

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican’s personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family’s possession.

The Bill Young Saga: Harry Glenn’s Timeline

Jan. 20, 2015

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young produced a melee among his family, staffers and others entrusted with the Florida Republican’s legacy. Longtime Young Chief of Staff Harry Glenn has found himself in the middle of some of these fights, and he provided CQ Roll Call with his own timeline surrounding the events in question.

Late Congressman's Wife Inherits a Nightmare

Jan. 19, 2015

CQ Roll Call went with Beverly Young to St. Petersburg College to see what remained of the late congressman's archival memorabilia. Video by Warren Rojas.

Marc Veasey Always Has His Game Face On

Jan. 16, 2015

Rep. Marc Veasey isn’t just adept at moving Mary Kay cosmetics — he’s also a client.

Laser Cat May Just Take Your Breath Away

Jan. 16, 2015

Follow Friday. Feline Friday. Whatever you want to call our weekly tumble down virtual rabbit holes, there’s no escaping the fact that you MUST pledge allegiance to Laser Cat.

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