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Warren Rojas


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:

Trey Radel Sticks His Nose Back Into Politics

Feb. 4, 2016

Now clear-headed after treatment for a substance abuse problem that cost him his job in the House, Florida Republican Trey Radel is back on the political scene with unwanted advice for current pols and a forthcoming tell-all.

Brad Ashford Gets Major Political Assist From Aide

Jan. 27, 2016

It’s still months before Election Day, but at least one critical piece appears to have fallen into place in Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford’s bid to secure a second term: a reunion with seasoned campaign vet, Jeremy Nordquist.

Charlie Gonzalez Determined to Save Congress From Itself

Jan. 21, 2016

On the one hand, former Rep. Charlie Gonzalez is delighted his generation has helped usher in an era in which gay marriage — he presided over one such union just a few months back — is now the law of the land.

The Continuing Education of Elton Gallegly

Jan. 14, 2016

A college dropout who learned the hard way that cutting ties with Congress is sometimes easier said than done, former Rep. Elton Gallegly is currently contemplating how to best prepare the next generation of public servants.

Rise in Southwest Border Crossings Fueled by Desperation

Jan. 13, 2016

Immigration watchdogs say the significant uptick in the number of unaccompanied minors and families apprehended along the Southwest border late last year underscores how dire the situation has become in Central America.

From 'This Town' to Music City

Jan. 7, 2016

Rather than engineering the outcome of political contests scheduled to play out in Iowa and New Hampshire over the next few months, or plotting a campaign for a congressional contender, former House Republican aide Kurt Bardella intends to spend 2016 courting what he perceives to be a terribly underserved constituency: fellow country music fans.

Stupak Endorses Lon Johnson in Former District

Jan. 5, 2016

Former Rep. Bart Stupak Tuesday endorsed House hopeful Lon Johnson in the race to replace retiring Republican Dan Benishek in Michigan’s 1st District.

Boehner-Backed Candidate Out of Race to Replace Him

Dec. 22, 2015

Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds’ abrupt withdrawal last week from the 16-way contest to fill the vacancy created by Speaker John A. Boehner’s retirement is another sign of how little conservatives think of the former speaker.

Former Rep. George Radanovich Keeps Crushing It

Dec. 17, 2015

It’s easy to imagine that during his tenure on Capitol Hill, former Rep. George Radanovich would have spent many an evening confined to a dimly lit reception room, nursing a so-so glass of wine while mingling with armchair politicians and Washington insiders.

Candidates Crowd Into Race to Claim John Boehner’s Seat

Dec. 16, 2015

The race is on for the open seat created earlier this year when Speaker John A. Boehner left Congress, and there are 16 Ohioans vying to fill that vacancy ahead of the March 15 primary.

SEIU Endorses Brad Schneider

Dec. 16, 2015

The SEIU Illinois State Council Wednesday endorsed Democrat Brad Schneider, the former lawmaker looking to reclaim the 10th District seat he lost to Republican Rep. Robert J. Dold in 2014.

Pelosi Endorses Krishnamoorthi for Duckworth’s Seat

Dec. 15, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday said she’d like to see Raja Krishnamoorthi replace Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — who is running for Senate — in Illinois’ 8th District.

Tammy Duckworth Scores SEIU Endorsement

Dec. 14, 2015

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Monday received the endorsement of the SEIU Illinois State Council, a vote of confidence from labor leaders and a pool of manpower that should help her in the three-way Democratic primary for the Senate seat held by Republican Mark S. Kirk.

Political Neophyte Enters Race Against Steve Knight

Dec. 10, 2015

Attorney Bryan Caforio Thursday declared his intention to put California Republican Steve Knight out of a job.

Former Rep. Mike Forbes, Still True-Believing

Dec. 10, 2015

When Rep. Michael P. Forbes first came to Congress as part of the Republican Revolution in 1995, he was a self-described “loyal lieutenant,” of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, whom he quoted 11 times in an hour-long interview with The New York Times early that year.

Bobby Rush, Robin Kelly Brush Off Filing Challenges

Dec. 9, 2015

Illinois Democrats Bobby L. Rush, Robin Kelly and Danny K. Davis are all facing questions about their nomination petition filings, a procedural hurdle one campaign attorney characterized as “a cheap ploy to drum up free press for the challengers.”

Candidate’s Gun Giveaway Gets Mixed Reactions From California Republicans

Dec. 8, 2015

A California House hopeful’s plan to reward donors with handguns days after last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino has caused one House member to distance herself from the event.

The View From 1982: The Washington Monument Standoff

Dec. 7, 2015

It’s been more than three decades since Steve Komarow, news director and vice president at CQ News, was thrust into the national spotlight when he negotiated with a political activist threatening to blow up the Washington Monument. It’s a situation he is positive would play out much differently in the post-9/11 world.

GOP House Hopeful Lends Hand to Widow of San Bernardino Attack

Dec. 4, 2015

The San Bernardino shootings hit home for House hopeful Paul Chabot, who is raising money for Renee Wetzel, the wife of one of the 14 people killed during Wednesday’s mass shooting at Inland Regional Center.

Kirk Hits Duckworth Over Syrian Refugees

Dec. 1, 2015

Incumbent Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk Tuesday is releasing an ad challenging Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s commitment to welcoming Syrian refugees into the country without additional government screening.

Poll: Wide Divide Over Allowing Muslim Refugees Into the U.S.

Nov. 25, 2015

A new poll shows six in 10 Americans don’t want the U.S. to allow Muslim refugees from Syria into the country but are more inviting to Christian refugees.

Judge Tosses Artur Davis’ Suit Against Alabama Democrats

Nov. 18, 2015

An Alabama judge has dismissed the suit former Rep. Artur Davis filed against the Yellowhammer State’s Democratic infrastructure, finding that party leaders are justified in keeping the Democrat-turned-Republican from rejoining the party.

Former NFL Player Dives Into Illinois Senate Race

Nov. 17, 2015

State Sen. Napoleon Harris, a former National Football League linebacker, on Tuesday announced his entry into the crowded Democratic primary to run against Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois.

Poll Shows GOP Focused on Terrorism, Democrats on the Economy

Nov. 16, 2015

The latest American Values Survey paints a picture of a mistrustful, world-weary electorate that’s pretty much had it with political dynasties, monolingual immigrants and political correctness in general.

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