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Abby Livingston


Abby Livingston covered political campaigns for Roll Call.

She joined the newspaper after a tenure as a producer for CNN’s “John King, USA,” and a writer for CNN's Political Ticker. Prior to CNN, Abby covered the media through the political lens as an editor at the Hotline.

Abby started her journalism career as a desk assistant in the NBC News Washington bureau. She worked her way up to the Political Unit, where she researched stories for "Nightly News" and the "Today Show." She also wrote for NBC's "First Read."

A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." She loves Springsteen and the Longhorns, and is also a member of The Bad News Babes, the women's press softball that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women's Softball game.

She no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Abby Livingston:

Six Degrees of Terri Sewell

Dec. 22, 2014

Call her the Kevin Bacon of Congress.

Lame Duck Offers Brief Fundraising Respite, Sort Of

Dec. 10, 2014

A handful of Democratic House female members did an absurdly normal thing together one night last week: Instead of splintering off to fundraisers, the group of perennially vulnerable incumbents met for a laid-back dinner at a Thai restaurant on Barracks Row after evening votes.

New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

Nov. 21, 2014

Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.

Democrats Look for Comebacks From Members Ousted in 2010

Nov. 20, 2014

Democrats are looking to two former members — both of whom lost re-election in 2010 — as potential recruits for 2016, according to three senior House Democratic operatives.

Kelly Ward Will Stay on as DCCC Executive Director

Nov. 20, 2014

Newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján said Kelly Ward will stay on as executive director of the committee for the second straight cycle.

The Survivor: How Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Held On

Nov. 18, 2014

Republican operatives called her race “cooked.” One national news organization put her chances at victory of 12 percent. After all, voters in Arizona’s 1st District had already fired Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick once before — in a toxic climate in 2010.

Pelosi Chooses Ben Ray Luján as DCCC Chairman (Updated)

Nov. 17, 2014

Updated 4:47 p.m. | In a shock to her caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2016 cycle.

Pelosi Meets With 5 Potential DCCC Chairmen

Nov. 13, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has met with five possible contenders to run the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2016, according to her office, though she has not decided whom she will ultimately select.

Democrats Eyeing 5 House Race Rematches in 2016

Nov. 13, 2014

There’s no rest for the weary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Reveals Top Targets for 2016

Nov. 13, 2014

Fresh off a historic House majority, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said he is already pivoting to focus on protecting the incoming GOP members elected last week.

Martha McSally Declares Victory as Race Heads to Recount

Nov. 12, 2014

Retired Air Force Col. Martha E. McSally, a Republican, retained a small lead over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber Wednesday, as initial ballot-counting ended in Arizona’s 2nd District.

Republican Concedes Tight New York House Race

Nov. 12, 2014

After an election night scare, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of New York won a 15th term Wednesday when her Republican rival conceded the race.

1 Senate, 5 House Races Still Too Close to Call (Updated)

Nov. 10, 2014

Updated Nov. 11, 7:35 a.m. | A week after Election Day, six races remain too close to call as local officials continue to count mail-in and provisional ballots.

Georgia Senator to Seek Re-Election

Nov. 10, 2014

Johnny Isakson will seek a third term in the Senate and will soon launch his campaign.

The Best Congressional Campaigns of 2014

Nov. 10, 2014

As a national Republican wave crested on Election Day, there were several campaigns in both parties that stood out as outstanding operations.

House Republicans Win Largest Majority in Decades

Nov. 5, 2014

House Republicans shellacked Democrats for the second time during President Barack Obama’s administration Tuesday night, upsetting several members as a count of Democratic losses climbed into double digits.

Is This a House Race, or Just a Rumor?

Nov. 4, 2014

In what is already a strange cycle, operatives on both sides are bracing for surprises on election night.

Election Day Rituals: Movies, Meals and Mass

Nov. 4, 2014

At party headquarters on Ivy Street in March, a few Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffers gathered for a good-luck ritual: They posted signs from past special-election victors on windows — and destroyed the losers’ election mailers.

6 Harbinger House Races for Election Night

Nov. 4, 2014

House Democrats are bracing for losses on Election Day, but just how bad of a night will it be?

Last Chance: 10 Most Vulnerable House Incumbents

Nov. 1, 2014

What a difference a year makes.

DCCC Books Airtime to Defend 2 More Incumbents (Video)

Oct. 29, 2014

Updated 3:30 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is spending precious eleventh-hour funds on two more incumbents, Reps. Steven Horsford of Nevada and Lois Capps of California, in the final days of the midterms.

A Darkhorse Emerges for DCCC Chairman in 2016

Oct. 28, 2014

House Democrats have two things on their minds heading into next month: How many seats the party will lose on Nov. 4, and who will be the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

Democratic Super PAC Ups Ante Against Michael Grimm

Oct. 27, 2014

Democrat-aligned House Majority PAC has placed a massive broadcast television buy against New York Rep. Michael G. Grimm for the final week of the campaign.

DCCC Spends to Boost Five Incumbents

Oct. 24, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added an additional $1.3 million in ad buys Friday in five districts to boost incumbents with increasingly challenging re-election races.

Sleeper No More: Both Parties Spending on Capito Seat (Updated)

Oct. 23, 2014

Updated 5:37 p.m. | National Democrats and Republicans will make major television buys in an off-the-radar House race in West Virginia, according to party sources tracking ad buys.

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