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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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Enhanced Security at Capitol After Navy Yard Shooting Reports (Updated)

July 2, 2015

Updated 10:19 a.m. | Reports of an active shooter at the Navy Yard in Southeast D.C. Thursday morning drew security units from across the District, including the Capitol Police, who also stepped up security at the nation’s Capitol ahead of the holiday weekend.

Virginia Man Cries Foul Over Capitol Police Actions

July 2, 2015

The man at the center of a Memorial Day bomb scare near the National Mall wants Capitol Police to help pay for the pressure cooker and propane tank they detonated, plus for damage to his automobile.

Capitol Police Reveal Fourth of July Concert Restrictions

July 2, 2015

As congressional administrators prepare to host the annual Independence Day celebration, Capitol Police released details of security measures designed to curtail debauchery during the patriotic festivities.

D.C. Gun Fight Advancing Through Courts

June 30, 2015

A federal appeals court has expedited the case of a trio of men who filed suit against the District of Columbia in February after being denied handgun carry licenses, and ruled that D.C. can keep enforcing a key provision of its concealed carry licensing system in the meantime.

Norton Picks Gun Fight With Sergeant-at-Arms, GOP

June 26, 2015

In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.

Rohrabacher Accuses Campaign Treasurer of Embezzlement

June 25, 2015

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has alleged his former campaign treasurer, Jack Wu, stole approximately $173,500 in campaign funds from the California Republican’s campaign committee.

Frank Gehry's Ike Memorial Plan Adds to Interior Spending Discord

June 24, 2015

Ask Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, about the fate of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial and he’ll tell you it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over.

Leave the Guns at Home, House Official Warns

June 23, 2015

Daggers, dirks, brass knuckles — leave them at home when you come to the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving cautioned members and staff Tuesday.

House Holds Moment of Silence for Charleston Victims (Video)

June 23, 2015

At 7:01 p.m., in the midst of a series of House votes, South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford led his colleagues in observing a moment of silence for the nine victims killed June 17 in the Charleston church massacre.

House Ethics Committee to Review Lawmakers' Azerbaijan Trips

June 22, 2015

The House Ethics Committee announced plans Monday to extend its review of nine members of Congress alleged to have accepted gifts and airfare to Azerbaijan that were secretly paid for by that country’s state-owned oil company.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Under Home Confinement in D.C.

June 22, 2015

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is one step closer to freedom from the federal penitentiary system.

Will Doug Hughes Do Hard Time for Embarrassing Congress?

June 22, 2015

Back in Washington for a Monday morning status hearing at the federal courthouse, Florida mailman Douglas Hughes showed no fear about going to trial for his April 15 gyrocopter flight to the West Front.

West Virginian Sent to Prison for Manchin Death Threats

June 17, 2015

A West Virginia man who threatened to murder Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and his family is headed to prison for 18 months, after reaching a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the state’s Southern District.

National Air and Space Museum Repair Has 'Huge' Price

June 17, 2015

Approaching its 40th birthday, the National Air and Space Museum is in need of a facelift.

House Appropriators Call for 'Reset' on Eisenhower Memorial Plans

June 17, 2015

Dwight D. Eisenhower once declared that, “in preparing for battle, plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

As White House Fence Jumper Heads to Prison, Security Upgrades Continue

June 17, 2015

Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez is headed to prison for the White House intrusion that raised serious questions about the Secret Service’s ability to secure the executive mansion.

Menendez Will Be Prosecuted in New Jersey With 'Least Disruption' Possible

June 16, 2015

Despite Sen. Robert Menendez’s request to be prosecuted at the federal courthouse located blocks from the Capitol, the New Jersey Democrat’s corruption trial will take place in Newark.

Capitol Police Encouraged Not to Go to Press With Problems

June 16, 2015

Within the institutional hierarchy of Capitol Hill, stepping outside the chain of command to tell your boss’s boss what’s on your mind might seem like a risky idea. But that’s exactly what Capitol Police sources say they have been encouraged to do recently — better that than go to the media.

Ex-Staffer Pleads Guilty After Trying to Frame Carl DeMaio

June 12, 2015

One of the campaign staffers in the late-breaking scandal that helped sink Republican Carl DeMaio’s 2014 congressional bid pleaded guilty Friday to an obstruction of justice charge for lying to federal agents about the source of a threatening email that he sent himself.

Capitol Police Coordinate With MPD on 911 Gun Call

June 11, 2015

Responding to a 911 call about a man carrying a gun in his waistband near the Russell Senate Office Building, Capitol Police briefly stopped a retired officer from another law enforcement agency Thursday afternoon. After the officer’s credentials were verified, he was released, according to the department.

NYC Firefighters Flock to Capitol, Fighting for 9/11 Health Program

June 11, 2015

With benefits for 9/11 first responders set to expire at the end of September, dozens of firefighters descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to talk about cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and respiratory diseases contracted at Ground Zero.

Joe Lane Delivers! Greeted With Durbin Campaign Finance Bill

June 10, 2015

Joe Lane made it through security screening at the Hart Senate Office Building shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, after Capitol Police gave him what he said was a “Texas two-step” about his plan to hand-deliver 535 copies of gyrocopter pilot Douglas Hughes’ campaign finance letter.

Botched Delivery, Renewed Hope for Doug Hughes' Cause

June 10, 2015

Douglas Hughes and Joe Lane share a lifelong fascination with flight, passionate outrage over the influence of organized money on the legislative process and — after Wednesday — the mutual experience of failing to get their concerns across to Capitol Hill in the way they intended.

Shootout Suspect Nabbed in Lower Senate Park

June 9, 2015

Capitol Police nabbed a suspect on June 5 who was wanted in connection with a violent street shootout that took place about a month earlier in Pennsylvania.

Hastert Pleads Not Guilty in Hush-Money Scheme

June 9, 2015

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