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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:

Is it Live, or Is it Frank Lucas? Vote Study Suggests No Change

July 2, 2014

According to House hopeful Timothy Ray Murray, Rep. Frank D. Lucas is not who he says he is but a robot double, or some such thing. A look back at the Oklahoma Republican’s voting record begs to differ.

Nick Troiano Goes on 'Back to the Future' Campaign With DeLorean

July 1, 2014

House hopeful Nick Troiano is hoping to secure his future this fall now by setting out on a comprehensive trek across Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district in a tricked-out DeLorean.

Franken Feasts on Minnesota State Fair Menu Items (Video)

June 30, 2014

The eating extravaganza that is the Minnesota State Fair may still be months away, but Sen. Al Franken is already beating the drum about the heart-stopping offerings that attendees will encounter along the midway later this summer.

Ike Skelton Auction Items Illustrate the Softer Side of Public Service

June 25, 2014

The Kansas City Auction and Appraisal Company has cataloged a treasure trove of personal effects and private letters the late Rep. Ike Skelton amassed throughout his career and has made them all available to interested buyers through June 30.

Luke's Butters Up Union Station Diners

June 25, 2014

Summering in New England has never been easier.

Anthony Weiner Suggests Cutting Adam Kuhn a Break

June 24, 2014

Sex scandal vet Anthony Weiner seems to believe Adam Kuhn, the disgraced ex-chief of staff who tendered his resignation Tuesday to Rep. Steve Stivers after an affair imploded and private photos found their way online, is getting a raw deal.

DC Toques Mix Things Up for Charity

June 24, 2014

Local tastemakers are scheduled to take a crack at custom cocktail creation Thursday during a “Chefs Behind Bars” fundraiser benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Friends to the End — Can Congressional Leaders Overcome?

June 24, 2014

Never mind what that bitter old grump President Harry Truman said about folks in Washington having to turn to pets for genuine affection.

Rangel Rap Ain’t All That

June 23, 2014

Rep. Charles B. Rangel has released a career-recapping rap ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Hirono Shepherds Taste of Hawaii to the Hill

June 18, 2014

Of all the “firsts” Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, has accomplished since succeeding retired solon Daniel Akaka, we’re most excited about the inaugural “Taste of Hawaii” event she’s cooked up for late July.

Rob Bishop Still Not Sold on Twitter

June 17, 2014

Sure, his office signed him up for the rapid-fire status sharing service more than four years ago. And he definitely gets updates when others drop his name in the Twittersphere.

D.C. Libertarians Invite Dave Brat to Rock the Mic

June 17, 2014

The whole nation watched him dance circles around fading House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week. If Team Liberty Karaoke has its way, we’ll learn soon whether aspiring Virginia congressman Dave Brat can carry a tune.

Play, Y'all! Best Food And Drink Bets for Baseball Fans

June 17, 2014

No need to check your WeatherBug app: Summer is in full swing.

Tom Harkin, George Miller Score Cupcake Title IX Send-Off

June 16, 2014

The American Association of University Women is sad to see retiring lawmakers Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California go, but wants to watch them have a blast doing so at a reception featuring bubbly and gourmet baked goods.

Exit Interview: Justin Harding

June 16, 2014

He may be back home in his beloved Beehive State now, but veteran GOP aide Justin Harding tells HOH he will absolutely miss the hustle and bustle — and occasional solitude — of life on Capitol Hill.

Teen Capitalists Demand Congressional Attention, Supply Dessert

June 16, 2014

Junior Achievement USA’s latest crop of budding entrepreneurs are looking to bend pols’ ears with prospective start-up plans on Tuesday. And the aspiring businesspeople are fully prepared to sweeten the deal by dishing out free ice cream.

Team Cantor Self-Medicates to Tune of $6,500

June 11, 2014

Current and former staffers for soon-to-step-down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor flooded into the Tune Inn Wednesday for a semi-private shindig featuring some heartfelt sobs, a few laughs and lots of Jameson.

Plotting Cantor’s Last 24 Hours as Leader

June 11, 2014

He’s still a ways away from needing to haul a moving van to cart his legislative mementos back to Henrico County, Va. But it’s now painfully obvious that Rep. Eric Cantor is living on borrowed time in Congress.

Minnesota Democrats Stump for #VoteDuluth

June 10, 2014

It’s coming down to the wire in Outside’s fourth annual “Best Towns Tournament,” and Minnesota Democrats are doing their darnedest to ensure that nobody, but nobody — that means you, Beehive Staters — comes between Duluth and sweet, sweet victory.

Drink In the Granite State’s Awesomeness on Wednesday

June 9, 2014

The New Hampshire delegation will welcome scores of home-state businesses — including a baker’s dozen of booze makers — to the Capitol Wednesday for the fifth annual “Experience New Hampshire” reception.

Members Rally Behind Home Runs for Horton’s Kids

June 9, 2014

Dozens of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are expected to pour into Nationals Park on Tuesday to participate in the fun-for-all-ages Home Runs for Horton’s Kids event.

Conservative Confab Kinda-Sorta Psyched for Christie

June 4, 2014

To the untrained observer, it may look like this in-flux Faith & Freedom Coalition news release is attempting to put on as happy a face as possible about having to settle for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at its conference, instead of nabbing the headline-grabbing Benham Brothers the event promoters clearly had their little hearts set on.

NoVa Residents Primed to Walk All Over Gerry Connolly

June 4, 2014

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly will be immortalized as a bike trail this Saturday, effectively cementing his place in regional history for a good long while.

Kids Sway the Darndest Things

June 3, 2014

“A 4-year-old ‘lobbyist’ just handed this to me in Dirksen,” a colleague relayed via email after crossing paths with the pint-sized influence peddler over in the Senate office buildings.

Senate’s Common Sense Coalition Convenes at nopa

June 3, 2014

A tripartisan group of Senate lawmakers retreated to the relative safety of Penn Quarter Monday night, gathering around the table for a working dinner at nopa Kitchen + Bar.

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