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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:

Artists Aim to Halt Political Pigeonholing

Sept. 22, 2014

Democrats vs. Republicans. Red vs. Blue. Us vs. Them.

GOP Mixes, (Briefly) Mingles With Log Cabin Republicans

Sept. 22, 2014

Not even the lure of spending some quality time with a Cheney could compel congressional Republicans to hang around the Log Cabin Republican’s Spirit of Lincoln dinner in D.C. for longer than it takes to watch an episode of “Modern Family.”

Embracing Politics and Art Is a Milstein Tradition

Sept. 19, 2014

D.C. denizen Connie Milstein has invested a great deal of time and effort into turning her Georgetown home into a beauty to behold and a wonder to explore.

Rank and File Blast Opposing Leaders for Dropping the Legislative Ball

Sept. 18, 2014

Having effectively set the country on cruise control until just beyond Election Day, House and Senate leaders did their damnedest Thursday to look really, really busy without actually doing anything that could get them into political trouble.

Elizabeth Roskam Paints Capitol for Ukrainian Leader

Sept. 18, 2014

Artist Elizabeth Roskam, the wife of Illinois Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, on Thursday delivered a one-of-a-kind portrait of the U.S. Capitol to visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Getting Our Fill of Vacationland

Sept. 18, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two airplane flights (four hours in airports, combined) and roughly 120 minutes of creeping along two-lane roads that snake their way through stoplight-free Northeastern hamlets later, I finally arrived in the bayfront oasis I would call home for the next few days.

Sports Stars’ Stumbles Spark Fresh Round of 'Slam the Solons'

Sept. 18, 2014

As if engineering new ways to kinda-sorta green light foreign wars without getting booted out of office in a few weeks weren’t stressful enough, elected officials must once again — thanks to wildly inappropriate behavior by marquee athletes — contend with age-old accusations about everything that’s wrong with Capitol Hill.

Grover Norquist’s Burning Man Dream Team

Sept. 17, 2014

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist so enjoyed his time at Burning Man this year that he’d like to return next summer with a “Dream Team” of Republican lawmakers.

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

Sept. 17, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Once aboard the boat that will speed us to North Haven, a Connecticut man opens up about his affinity for the Pine Tree State.

NRSC Kicks It Old School Online

Sept. 17, 2014

Turns out, the coding masters at Wide Eye Creative aren’t the only ones having fun behind your computer screen.

Female Senators Work as a Team, Gillibrand Assures Supporters

Sept. 16, 2014

If there’s one thing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has come to appreciate about working on Capitol Hill (there’s gotta be something good about #ThisTown, right?), it’s the collaborative environment she and the other 19 female senators have joined forces to foster.

Web Firm Shows Democrats Extra Love Behind the Scenes

Sept. 16, 2014

There are those who suspect that politicians and, by extension, their corresponding messaging operations, will say one thing even if they secretly believe something else entirely.

The Maine Attraction: Chellie Pingree Cultivates Her Own Food Capital

Sept. 16, 2014

NORTH HAVEN, Maine — Should she ever tire of battling opposing lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Chellie Pingree could always kick back and indulge in one of her favorite pastimes: shaking cocktails for the pleasure seekers who pour into her farm-to-table restaurant each summer.

Montana State Society to Spike Mendelsohn: Que Cojones

Sept. 15, 2014

Montana State Society President Jayne Leffingwell wants hospitality heavy Spike Mendelsohn to man up and get his own thing going.

Tim Ryan Dresses Down Urban Outfitters Over Sweatshirt-gate

Sept. 15, 2014

Bizarrely stained outer wear that Urban Outfitters rather unbelievably tied to Kent State University has made Rep. Tim Ryan’s blood boil.

Rock On, Rockland

Sept. 15, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine – It may be a small town, but Rockland’s got a lot going for it.

The Tamworth Hogs at Turner Farm in Maine

Sept. 12, 2014

A shot of the Tamworth hogs at Turner Farm in Maine, courtesy Roll Call's Warren Rojas.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

David McKinley Rolls Out Megabus Town Hall

Sept. 12, 2014

Showing up for votes Monday is no big deal for Rep. David B. McKinley.

Designer Flips Gillibrand Gaffe Into Local Fundraiser

Sept. 12, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has provided some cover for colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who offended local residents by demeaning a suburban enclave that wasn’t quite to her liking, via a custom made T-shirt.

Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich Spearhead New Reality Show

Sept. 11, 2014

While the rest of us spent the August recess basking in the unseasonably cool temperatures that made summer in D.C. somewhat livable, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sneaked away to an uninhabited island in the South Pacific to find some common ground for a TV special dubbed, “Rival Survival.”

Just Try to Ignore Dan Kildee’s Piercing Gaze

Sept. 11, 2014

If Congress ever gets around to handing out superlatives, HOH stands ready to nominate Rep. Dan Kildee for Stare Down Champ.

Arlingtonians Come Off the Sidelines to Pile On Kirsten Gillbrand

Sept. 10, 2014

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appears to have made enemies out of former neighbors after bemoaning the time she spent in Arlington, Va., in her road map to female empowerment, “Off the Sidelines.”

Picking the Leadership's Brains

Sept. 9, 2014

As the Big Four hunkered down at the White House Tuesday in hopes of forging some sort of unified front in the campaign to eradicate the burgeoning terrorist threat known as ISIS, the Islamic State and/or ISIL, we couldn’t help but wonder what was really on everyone’s minds.

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