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Abby Livingston


Abby Livingston covers 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.

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Stories by Abby Livingston:

Capitol Hill to Face Off Against K Street— on the Ice

March 5, 2014

The boys and girls of winter are set to face off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge in Arlington, Va.

Connie Mack Endorses in Special Election for Radel's Seat

March 4, 2014

Former Rep. Connie Mack endorsed businessman Curt Clawson, a fellow Republican, in the upcoming special election for the seat Mack held until 2012.

John Cornyn Wins GOP Nomination for Senate in Texas

March 4, 2014

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas won the GOP nod outright in his re-election battle, clobbering a congressman and his tea party supporters in the first primary of the midterm elections.

Ralph Hall Heads to Runoff; Sessions, Veasey Defeat Primary Challengers

March 4, 2014

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, will face a late-spring runoff against a self-funded primary challenger.

Ralph Hall's Jiujitsu Advertising Move

March 4, 2014

On Nov. 27, 2012, Rep. Ralph M. Hall became the oldest person to cast a vote in Congress. Fifteen months later, that milestone is a campaign issue, and Hall is attempting to swing it his way.

Texas: What to Watch in the First Primaries of 2014

March 4, 2014

The nation’s first primary election of the 2014 cycle arrives today, and Lone Star State campaigns have braced themselves for low turnout thanks to unusually frigid weather.

NRCC Names Independent Expenditure Director

March 3, 2014

Rich Dunn will serve as independent expenditure director for the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2014 midterms, NRCC Executive Director Liesl Hickey announced Monday.

Potential Rival Urges Kyrsten Sinema to Stay Put

March 3, 2014

A Democrat running for the seat of retiring Arizona Rep. Ed Pastor said Sunday he would not drop his bid in deference to freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat who may opt to run for the newly opened seat instead of her own.

President Obama Endorses Texas Democrat in Primary Race

Feb. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama endorsed freshman Texas Rep. Marc Veasey in his re-election bid on Friday.

21st House Member Announces Retirement

Feb. 27, 2014

Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District.

“I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona,” Pastor, 70, said in a statement. “After 23 in Congress, I feel it’s time for me to seek out a new endeavor. It’s been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it’s time for me to do something else.”

Ed Pastor to Retire in 2014 (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 27, 2014

Updated 2:38 p.m. | Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District.

Tea Party Group Doubles Down on Colorado Senate Race

Feb. 27, 2014

The Tea Party Express reiterated its endorsement of state Sen. Owen Hill in the wake of a major shake-up in the race for Senate in Colorado.

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Feb. 27, 2014

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is scheduled to announce at noon Thursday that he will once again challenge 22-term Rep. Charles B. Rangel in New York’s 13th District.

Texas Freshman Hopes Primary Translates to Re-Election

Feb. 26, 2014

DALLAS — Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, spent a precious recent recess afternoon downtown, taping a debate against a political neophyte for Univision.

Ken Buck Drops Senate Bid to Run for Cory Gardner's Seat

Feb. 26, 2014

With Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner vacating his 4th District seat to run for Senate, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is dropping his Senate bid to vie for Gardner’s open seat.

Debbie Dingell to Announce House Bid

Feb. 26, 2014

Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell is expected to announce her candidacy for Michigan’s 12th District on Friday, according to multiple news outlets.

GOP Operatives Fundraise to Oust House Republican

Feb. 26, 2014

A handful of Republican operatives are scheduled to host a fundraiser later this week to boost a challenger to a longtime House Republican.

New Opportunity for Political Work in Beverly Hills

Feb. 24, 2014

California, here they come.

Will Debbie Dingell Succeed Her Husband in Congress?

Feb. 24, 2014

For the first time in 81 years, Michigan Democrats are contemplating a Congress without a Dingell.

Former NRCC Chairman Endorses in Competitive New York Primary

Feb. 20, 2014

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 1994 Republican revolution is backing investment banker Matt Doheny in the race for New York’s 21st District.

The Businessman Taking On Mia Love (Video)

Feb. 20, 2014

The candidate: Businessman Bob FuehrThe member: Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson is retiring from Congress after seven terms.The district: Utah’s 4th is House Republicans’ most certain pickup this cycle. Matheson had a unique political brand and without him in the equation, the battle to watch for this seat is the GOP nomination process. Fuehr will face off against Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love.

Candidate Interview: Bob Fuehr (R) UT-04

Feb. 19, 2014

The businessman who is running for Utah's open 4th District, visited Roll Call on Jan. 31.

Republican Launches Third House Bid in New York

Feb. 19, 2014

Investment banker Matt Doheny announced Wednesday that he will make a third run at New York’s 21st District.

Top Democrat Enters Special Election for Andrews Seat in New Jersey

Feb. 18, 2014

Democratic state Sen. Donald Norcross announced Monday in Bellmawr, N.J., his candidacy for the state’s 1st District.

Staff Assistants Warned: No 'House of Cards' Spoilers

Feb. 18, 2014

If there’s any truer maxim on Capitol Hill, it is this: Don’t mess with the staff assistants. Especially when it comes to ”House of Cards” spoilers.

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