Feb. 5, 2016

Rachael Johnson


Rachael is a graduate of Hampton University where she was the sports editor of the Hampton Script. Rachael worked for the Starz network covering film festivals and entertainment news events. Most recently, she covered city council meetings in Los Angeles for the Neighborhood News and published an article for the Colorado Bar Association, of which she is a member.

Johnson no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Rachael Johnson:

Hill Climbers: A Day in the Life of a House Staffer

Oct. 5, 2012

Before the August recess, Roll Call tagged along for one day in a busy stafferís life. We followed Keenan Austin, senior policy aide to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

Catching Up with Pat Schroeder

Aug. 9, 2012

Former Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.), is taking a stab at app storytelling. The former CEO of the American Association of Publishers didn’t think that she’d be the voice of the new kids book app, The House that Went on Strike — but she is. “You just never know what’s going to happen,” Schroeder said from her home in Celebration, Fla.

Take Five WIth Rep. Cory Gardner

July 30, 2012

Itís Tuesday, which means itís time for HOH to catch up with a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). talks about skiing in blue jeans and Colorado delicacies such as the Slopper.Q: You are a fifth-generation Coloradoan. What is it about Colorado thatís kept your family in the state?

Stealing History

July 24, 2012

In the wake of a handful of theft cases during the past several years, archival institutions are beefing up security to ensure that priceless documents and rare books remain secure but still available to the public.

Take Five With Rep. Daniel Webster

July 23, 2012

If it’s Tuesday, it’s HOH’s Take Five, where we get to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) talks about the Olympics and his deep seawater experience.Q: Disney World is one of the major attractions in your district. If you could create a ride for the theme park, what would it be like?

Lewis Shares Story of His Struggles

June 28, 2012

Rep. John Lewis placed three chickens on the table in his office. They never fluttered, pecked or shrieked, just sat idly on a solid round table. He looks at the iron statuettes and glass figures as if each of them were one of the chickens he practiced preaching to as a kid growing up on the farm in Troy, Ala. “I keep the chickens around to remind me of another period in my life,” he said.

J-Rod Is Democrats’ A-Rod

June 26, 2012

He shrugs it off as just a nickname. But his teammates don’t. “Everyone on the team has a nickname; mine’s J-Rod,” Rep. Jared Polis said, shaking off even a glimmer of comparison with MLB star Alex Rodriguez.

Democratic Roster

June 26, 2012

Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.)

Second Base Elected 1999 Home: Rialto Hits R | Throws R | Votes L

Baca is looking forward to “the excitement and the insanity of playing in the Nationals’ stadium. Reliving our dream of when we used to play ball.” He’ll wear a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, No. 22, on game day. Rep. Tim Bishop (N.Y.) …

Hawk ’n’ Dove Still Grounded

June 25, 2012

Walk by the old location for what was once a storied Capitol Hill watering hole and all to be seen is plyboards covering a work site. Check out the bar’s old website, hawkanddoveonline.com, and it’s a free online poker site.

Take Five With Rep. Karen Bass

June 25, 2012

Every week, HOH catches up with a Member of Congress through five questions. This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) talks about Rodney King’s memory, martial arts moves and what she likes about Will Smith.Q: If you could star in the remake of any movie, which one would it be and why?

Take Five With Rep. Lynn Jenkins

June 18, 2012

If it’s Tuesday, it’s HOH’s Take Five, where we get to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) talks about castrating pigs and other aspects of life on the farm.Q: You were raised on a dairy farm in Kansas. What was the most memorable experience you had as a kid? A: One example might be the time my dad nearly cut my left pinky off with a razor blade as we were castrating pigs when I was 8 years old. Castration is a life skill every woman should learn.

Hill Climbers: European Experience Inspires Aide

June 8, 2012

He trucked a big suitcase with him as he wandered the streets near the White House on New York Avenue Northwest. Paul Blocher was looking for his hotel, and when he finally asked a police officer for directions, he was told he wasn’t in the right place — at all. His hotel was on New York Avenue Northeast.