Joanna Anderson covers legislation on legal affairs, immigration, homeland security and foreign policy issues as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly. She first joined CQ as an assistant editor for its government documents product and previously completed several Senate internships, including with a leadership office and the Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill and as a press intern in a senator's state office.
Originally from suburban Philadelphia, Joanna is a graduate of George Washington University, where she earned a degree in political science. She currently lives in the Upper Northwest area of the District.
Stories by Joanna Anderson:
July 28, 2014
An ex-Defense Department contractor who is back on U.S. soil to face criminal charges six years after fleeing the country is the first person extradited from Iraq under a 1936 pact. The man had been on Interpol’s “most wanted” list.
July 16, 2014
Two House panels swept aside Wednesday resolutions that would require the Pentagon and the Justice Department to produce any emails in its possession from embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner.
May 8, 2014
House appropriators advanced a measure Thursday to fund the Justice and Commerce departments, along with science agencies, after endorsing a GOP gun proposal and sidelining a series of Democratic firearm policy amendments.
June 18, 2013
CQ Roll Call reporter Joanna Anderson tells us that the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of an immigration enforcement measure was rudely interrupted by pro-immigration protesters this morning.
June 11, 2013
Young backers of a sweeping immigration overhaul brought a palpable optimism with them to Washington on Tuesday. It was a far cry from the scene almost three years ago when the long-sought DREAM Act fell short in a lame-duck Senate session.
March 14, 2013
All eyes now shift to Harry Reid. With the Senate Judiciary Committee completing its work on a series of gun measures Thursday, the majority leader must determine his strategy for how the full chamber will move forward in response to last year’s Connecticut school shooting.
March 7, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed legislation Thursday to crack down on gun traffickers, casting the first congressional vote to tighten gun laws following the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
March 6, 2013
Senators on Wednesday again blocked President Barack Obama’s pick of Caitlin J. Halligan to serve on an influential District of Columbia court amid accusations she supports an anti-gun agenda.
Feb. 28, 2013
The House cleared an update of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama after a protracted yearlong push to extend the law.
Feb. 26, 2013
The House is expected to give in to Democratic pressure Thursday and pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act after failing to find a substitute that can garner the support of a majority of its members.
Feb. 7, 2013
Senators are poised to pass a domestic violence law rewrite next week without a clear endgame on tribal court provisions, the central sticking point in negotiations with the House.
Jan. 29, 2013
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry won the overwhelming endorsement of his colleagues Tuesday to be the next secretary of State, and he will head across town to Foggy Bottom in days.
Jan. 16, 2013
Gun control, immigration and a push to update domestic-violence laws will headline an aggressive Senate Judiciary agenda this year, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.