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Jessica Brady


Jessica Brady is a staff writer at Roll Call and covers the Senate. She has particular expertise on the nominations process and has broken stories about the embattled confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Wall Street reform debate earlier this year.

Prior to joining the leadership team in 2008, Jessica profiled elected officials and wrote human interest stories as Roll Call’s features writer. She previously worked as a reporter for National Journal's CongressDaily and also spent time as a researcher for the Almanac of American Politics. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Brady no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Jessica Brady:

Detroit: Shining Brighter

July 2, 2015

Working with Citi, the Public Lighting Authority (PLA) is rebuilding the street lighting system infrastructure. Part of the plan involves replacing more than 65,000 outmoded lights with new, energy efficient LED bulbs.

Senators Take On Village Voice Media Over Child Prostitution

May 2, 2012

A bipartisan group of Senators kicked up their pressure on Village Voice Media to stop running ads on an adult services website that has been under fire in recent months for accepting ads that allegedly promote sex trafficking.

Donna Edwards Takes Her Own Path

April 27, 2012

Rep. Donna Edwards’ backing of a surging candidate over the establishment pick in a contentious Congressional primary earlier this month shocked Maryland insiders, but it was only the latest show of her increasingly independent streak in the close-knit Congressional delegation.

Peter Roskam’s Style Lays Ground for Leadership

April 20, 2012

Rep. Peter Roskam’s decision to stay out of the messy Illinois primary that pitted a freshman incumbent against a veteran lawmaker was a prescient strategy for a rising leader, Members and political observers said of the GOP’s Chief Deputy Whip.

Larry Kissell Joins Blue Dogs

April 18, 2012

The Blue Dog Coalition expanded its ranks today with the addition of two-term Rep. Larry Kissell. The North Carolina Democrat brings the group’s membership to 25, although the fiscally conservative coalition will see a handful of its members retire after this year.

There’s No Shortage of Drama in Illinois

April 17, 2012

Illinois — the home of the sitting president, two former governors serving prison time and a big-city mayor and former Congressman known as “Rahmbo” — has not disappointed political observers this election cycle.

John Boehner Fully Backs Mitt Romney

April 17, 2012

Speaker John Boehner broke his silence on the GOP presidential nomination today and endorsed presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

White House Pressed on Gay Rights Issue

April 17, 2012

Congressional Democrats, disappointed in President Barack Obama’s strategy to pursue legislation and not to use his executive power to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians, say the party’s leader is ignoring a key problem: Republicans control the House.

Cybersecurity Bill Faces Tough Odds

April 10, 2012

After last year’s intense debate of an anti-piracy bill, any legislation dealing with Internet security faces an uphill climb. That point was made clear today by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, who was careful to point out differences between his bipartisan cybersecurity legislation and last year’s failed online piracy bill.

GSA Scandal Gives GOP Fodder

April 8, 2012

With issues like Solyndra and Operation Fast and Furious beginning to fade, the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas conference debacle is exactly what the House GOP needed to keep the investigative heat on the Obama administration.

CBC Unveils Resolution for Trayvon Martin

April 4, 2012

A handful of Congressional Black Caucus members, still reeling from the death of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February, unveiled a resolution today to honor the slain teen’s life.

Eric Cantor Uses ‘Real Bullets’ in Primary Endorsement

March 21, 2012

House Republicans might not like the idea of one of their leaders picking favorites in Member-vs.-Member primaries, but at least for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, his backing of a winner in the Illinois GOP primary decision has only solidified his power base.

Young Guns Divided

March 20, 2012

The original Republican Young Guns are high-ranking leaders now, and the group and its members are trying to hold on to a brand that previously brought them so much success.

John McCain: Jobs, Not Contraception, Should Be Issue

March 18, 2012

Sen. John McCain said today that Republicans need to pivot from debating the issue of contraception and get back to jobs and the economy as the party looks to make gains in the 2012 elections.

Rick Santorum: Support for Arlen Specter’s Bid was ‘a Mistake’

March 18, 2012

Conservative presidential candidate Rick Santorum said his endorsement of then-Sen. Arlen Specter’s 1996 campaign for the White House was “a mistake” today.

SCOTUS to Release Health Care Transcripts, Audio More Quickly

March 16, 2012

Bowing to public intrigue, the Supreme Court announced today it will release transcripts and audio recordings from this month’s challenge to the 2010 health care reform law on an expedited timetable.

Power Discourages Panel Challenges to Maxine Waters

March 13, 2012

No fewer than three House Democrats are running for their party’s top spot on the Appropriations Committee, a phenomenon that runs in stark contrast to Rep. Maxine Waters’ uncontested bid to lead the party on the Financial Services Committee next year.

Harry Reid Seeks to Move 17 Judicial Nominees

March 12, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought to move 17 pending federal judicial nominees today, declaring the nation’s court system “at the breaking point under a backlog so intense an emergency has been declared.”

Marcy Kaptur Shifts Her Focus to Appropriations Panel

March 7, 2012

Fresh off her primary victory, Rep. Marcy Kaptur faces another heated battle against fellow Democrats for the party’s top spot on the Appropriations Committee.

Democrats Willing to Tinker With Health Care Law

March 6, 2012

House Republicans’ latest attack on the Affordable Care Act isn’t expected to go far, but it will show disagreements within the Democratic Caucus as the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the Obama administration’s landmark law later this month.

John Larson Announces Top Staffer Replacement

March 5, 2012

House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson announced the elevation of Lee Slater, the Connecticut Democrat’s legislative director, to chief of staff today.

House GOP to Focus on Jobs, Gas Prices

March 3, 2012

House Republicans will focus on jobs and rising gas prices next week as leaders continue working on intra-Conference squabbles over the transportation bill and other top-tier priorities.

For Ambitious Democrats, No Clear Path Forward

March 2, 2012

No rising star in the House Democratic Caucus has emerged as the most likely leader following a retirement by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and that lack of a frontrunner in a would-be leadership fight has some party elders irked that no one has organized the kind of operation Pelosi used to win her first leadership bid.

Marcy Kaptur, Nita Lowey Seek to Fill Top Democratic Appropriations Spot

March 2, 2012

The retirement of House Appropriations ranking member Norm Dicks (Wash.) opens up the top Democratic slot on the panel, and already the first hopeful has stepped forward to fill it.

No Rush to Succeed Dreier as Rules Chairman

Feb. 29, 2012

Rep. David Dreier's retirement announcement Wednesday set off a race for his coveted Rules Committee chairmanship, but don't expect Members to wrestle for it anytime soon.

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