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Hannah Hess


Hannah Hess covers the Capitol campus for Roll Call, reporting on legislative branch agencies, administration of the House and Senate, and Congress’ oversight of the District of Columbia.

Hannah’s political reporting experience includes two statehouse bureaus, and the early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign trail. Prior to joining CQ Roll Call, she covered the Virginia General Assembly, the campaign for the 2012 Iowa caucuses and the Illinois General Assembly. Her work has appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Washington Examiner and the Omaha World-Herald. She also interned for what is now CQ Roll Call in 2008, working for Roll Call’s GalleryWatch legislative tracking service that was integrated into CQ in 2009. Originally from Illinois, Hannah holds two degrees from the University of Illinois — a bachelor’s degree in media studies and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting.

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Stories by Hannah Hess:

Does Steve Stockman Case Argue Merits of Subpoena Power for Ethics Office?

Dec. 23, 2014

For evidence of how the Office of Congressional Ethics could use subpoena power, look at its investigation of Rep. Steve Stockman.

Capitol Police Investigating Threat Against Rep. Bill Johnson

Dec. 18, 2014

Threats against Ohio Republican Rep. Bill Johnson have Capitol Police and the FBI searching for a suspect along with local law enforcement in Salem, Ohio.

McConnell Announces New Senate Sergeant-at-Arms

Dec. 17, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is sweeping the decks at the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Office, replacing SAA Drew Willison with former Navy SEAL and Defense Department alumnus Frank J. Larkin for the 114th Congress.

Fired Staffer Sues Farenthold, Alleging Sexually Charged Workplace

Dec. 16, 2014

Rep. Blake Farenthold is being accused of discussing “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about a former staffer with one of his employees in a lawsuit that alleges the Texas Republican created a hostile work environment on Capitol Hill.

House Ethics Committee Scolds Phil Gingrey for Bank Ties

Dec. 15, 2014

As six-term Rep. Phil Gingrey wraps up his career in Congress, the House Ethics Committee took the Georgia Republican to task for helping a bank in which he held up to $250,000 in stock warrants.

Pot Protesters Create Traffic Jam for Congressman

Dec. 11, 2014

The pro-pot group protesting Congress' intervention into local marijuana policy did not cause an uproar on Capitol grounds Wednesday night, but they did clash with a congressman.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, riding with his chief of staff in a black sedan, encountered a few of the most antagonistic individuals on Maryland Avenue Northeast. About two dozen demonstrators, mostly associated with the DC Cannabis Campaign, were blocking traffic following a brief protest at The Heritage Foundation's nearby headquarters.

When the Missouri Democrat's car pulled up to the intersection with D Street Northeast, a few protesters refused to let him pass. Cleaver leaned out the passenger side window and yelled that he had "somewhere" to be, but one man waving a 'Legalize' flag stood in front of the car.

House Ethics Chides Hastings for Talking Sex, Underwear With Aide

Dec. 11, 2014

The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Alcee Hastings of a sexual harassment case in the waning hours of the 113th Congress, but chided the Florida Democrat for unprofessional behavior with a female employee of the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Staff Changes at Senate Ethics Committee as Isakson Prepares to Take Gavel

Dec. 11, 2014

The director of investigations on the House Ethics Committee has been named as the new staff director and chief counsel of the Senate Ethics Committee, in a slate of changes announced by the secretive panel on Thursday.

Tom Petri Off the Hook With Ethics Committee

Dec. 11, 2014

The House Ethics Committee delivered some good news to Rep. Tom Petri on his final day of legislative business in Congress: Their review of allegations against the Wisconsin Republican has closed, with no wrongdoing found.

Chu Chastised for Interfering in House Ethics Investigation

Dec. 11, 2014

Concluding a probe it launched in March 2012 into allegations that Rep. Judy Chu tasked her official staff with campaign work while they were on the clock, the House Ethics Committee rebuked the California Democrat Thursday for interfering with its investigation.

Campaign Finance Provisions Causing 'Cromnibus' Heartburn

Dec. 10, 2014

Despite backlash from Democrats, good government groups think the language in the year-end spending bill that alters campaign finance law benefits both parties’ pocketbooks too much for it to be carved out.

Norton Raises Questions About D.C. Pot Rider in 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 10, 2014

Updated 4:45 p.m. | Just hours after news broke that the House and Senate spending package included a rider targeting the District of Columbia’s marijuana policy, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., raised questions as to how the rider’s specific language would actually affect the District.

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House Ethics: An Isolating Gavel to Hold

Dec. 9, 2014

Come January, Rep. K. Michael Conaway won’t have to worry about scaring away his friends on Capitol Hill.

Gutiérrez Recalls Racial Profiling Incident at Capitol

Dec. 9, 2014

During a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the state of civil rights Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez revisited a 1996 exchange that raised the issue of racial profiling in Capitol security.

'Cromnibus' Would Ban D.C. From Legalizing Recreational Pot

Dec. 9, 2014

Congress would block the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but preserve its decriminalization law, under the spending package released Tuesday night.

New Yorker Gets 33 Months in Prison for Threatening Gabbard

Dec. 9, 2014

A 44-year-old man will serve nearly three years in prison for making a series of threats against Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, including threatening to decapitate the Hawaii Democrat.

Negotiators Strike Deal to Target Tax and Sale of Marijuana in D.C.

Dec. 9, 2014

Congress plans to block the District of Columbia from implementing a system to tax and regulate sales of legalized marijuana in the city, a source close to appropriations negotiations said Tuesday.

Steve Stockman and the Last Crusade: D.C. Traffic Camera Edition

Dec. 8, 2014

Washington’s traffic cameras have nabbed Rep. Steve Stockman a few times during his most recent stint in Congress, but the Texas Republican claims it is his libertarian leanings that have led him to introduce legislation to shut the system down.

Activists Use Capitol as Backdrop to Protest Police-Involved Deaths

Dec. 8, 2014

Activists protesting police-involved deaths in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere rallied Monday morning on Capitol Hill.

House Lawmakers Exempt From Ethics Training in Emerging Rules Package

Dec. 5, 2014

Despite a bipartisan push to make ethics training mandatory for members of the House, the GOP rules package taking shape for the 114th Congress won’t put lawmakers on the hook for any such schooling.

Andy Harris, John Fleming Headlining Heritage Foundation Pot Policy Event

Dec. 3, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris’ reputation as a staunch supporter of marijuana prohibition has earned him a chief role in an upcoming Heritage Foundation event on pot policy. The Maryland Republican will deliver a keynote speech on Dec. 9 during a program titled, “Marijuana Policy: Separating Scientific Facts from Popular Fiction,” co-hosted by the anti-drug activist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Appeals Court Rejects Renzi's Bid for Re-Hearing

Dec. 2, 2014

A federal appeals court panel has rejected ex-Rep. Rick Renzi’s request for a third hearing in his corruption case, affirming an opinion that House lawyers argue “alters the fabric of our constitutional structure.”

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