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Hannah Hess

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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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Under Microscope for Gyrocopter, Capitol Police Stretched Thin

April 24, 2015

Members of Congress agreed Doug Hughes is lucky to be alive after his dangerous stunt, based on what they learned about the April 15 gyrocopter landing during closed-door briefings from Capitol law enforcement. But big questions remain unanswered.

Cochran Staffer Confesses to Sex-for-Drugs Scheme, Feds Say

April 24, 2015

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations raided the Northwest Washington home of a Senate staffer at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, in a drug bust prompted by Customs and Border Protection officers in Ohio, who intercepted a 1.1-kilogram package of gamma-Butyrolactone, or GBL, bound for D.C.

Is God Angry With Capitol Police? (Video)

April 23, 2015

Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.

Lightning Strikes Capitol Police Post

April 23, 2015

Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.

Monday night’s storm carried torrential rain, cannon shots of thunder and quarter-sized hail through the Washington-metro area. A 14-second video captured as the storm trekked across Capitol Hill shows a crack of lightning fracturing the sky and electrifying a security kiosk near the south door of the building.

Doyle Mum on Richmond's Status for Congressional Baseball Game

April 22, 2015

The suspicious substance incident that happened Wednesday in Rep. Mike Doyle’s digs at the Cannon House Office Building was both inconvenient and alarming.

Steve Chabot Confirms Passwords Not Related to Pet Turtles

April 22, 2015

In a Wednesday morning House Small Business Committee hearing on cyberattacks, Chairman Steve Chabot offered some sage advice on password security.

Suspicious Substance Leads to Partial Cannon Lockdown (Updated)

April 22, 2015

Updated 4:01 p.m. | Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., returned from an afternoon series of votes to find a surprising scene outside his office on the second floor of the Cannon House Office Building.

Top Cardenas Staffer Subpoenaed, FBI May Be Investigating

April 21, 2015

The district director for sophomore Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas notified the House Thursday that she’s been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury conducting an investigation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Gabriela Marquez, who heads operations in the Los Angeles congressman’s Panorama City office, issued the formal notice in accordance with House rules and staff in the congressman’s Washington, D.C., office confirmed the April 13 communication, but did not provide further details.

Sources in California tell CQ Roll Call the FBI spent a few hours interviewing Marquez in her California home roughly three weeks ago, asking questions about whether staffers in Cárdenas’ office worked on campaign-related activities while being paid for official office time.

Top Cárdenas Staffer Subpoenaed; FBI May Be Investigating (Video)

April 21, 2015

The district director for sophomore Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas notified the House Thursday that she’s been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury conducting an investigation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Kim Dine Will Stay On as Capitol Police Chief

April 20, 2015

It appears Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine is staying in place as the head of the department, with a new No. 2 to help iron out some of the discord within the ranks.

Congressman Can't Use Franked Mail to 'Thank a Veteran'

April 20, 2015

The folks in charge of franked mail in the House refuse to allow members of Congress to send official mail for the sole purpose of encouraging their constituents to “thank a veteran,” a policy one Illinois Democrat calls “a disservice to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for this country.”

Boko Haram Survivors Renew Push to #BringBackOurGirls

April 17, 2015

Two schoolgirls who escaped the terrorist group Boko Haram solemnly marked the one-year anniversary of their kidnapping by climbing the steps of the Capitol to tie a red ribbon around one of its stately columns.

White House Fence Jumper Who Kicked K-9 Pleads Guilty

April 17, 2015

The Maryland man who scaled the White House fence in October and was caught on camera kicking one of the Secret Service’s big Belgian Malinois dogs pled guilty Friday to a federal charge stemming from the intrusion.

Miriam Carey Shooting Provokes Lawsuit Against DOJ

April 17, 2015

Efforts to shed light on the chaotic events that led federal law enforcement officers to fatally shoot a 34-year-old woman outside the Capitol 18 months ago may rest in the hands of a federal judge.

Congress Wants Answers From Capitol Police on Gyrocopter (Video)

April 17, 2015

Members of Congress say they received no warning that the West Front went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon, prompting concerns about how Capitol Police would handle a more menacing threat to the secure airspace surrounding the Dome.

Gyrocopter Lands Amid Capitol Police Tumult

April 15, 2015

After arresting the pilot of a small gyrocopter that touched down Wednesday on the West Front, many Capitol Police were left wondering, “What’s next?”

Wisconsin Field Hearing Could Fuel Critics of Ron Johnson, Tammy Baldwin

March 30, 2015

Monday’s rare recess field hearing will focus attention on the controversy within a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center that’s become a thorny subject for both the state’s senators.

Ed Whitfield's Ties to Lobbyist Wife Subject of House Ethics Probe (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 1:30 p.m. | The congressional ethics police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Edward Whitfield has been using his House seat for family gain.

Vitter Amendment Rears Its Head in Wee Hours of Vote-a-Rama (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 3:47 a.m. | Sen. David Vitter won a small victory in the wee hours Friday, resurrecting his amendment to end employer-provided health benefits for members of Congress.

Senator Slams Alleged Ban on Climate Change Speech

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott's alleged ban on the terms "climate change" and "global warming."

Nelson has an amendment pending aimed at blocking federal agencies from censoring speech related to climate change. It would set up a procedural hurdle to Senate consideration of any future legislation that censors a federal agency's use of climate change science.

Nelson called it "common sense" to protect those terms during a Thursday morning speech. "But we have all read news reports at the state level, at the local level, maybe even at the federal level that, indeed, some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involving the oceans, the atmosphere, climate and the weather."

Bill Nelson: Don't Censor 'Climate Change' (Video)

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s alleged ban on the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

March 26, 2015

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

Loretta Lynch: From 'Back of the Bus' to 'Sacrificial Lamb'

March 26, 2015

Adopting rhetoric similar to Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s “back of the bus” comment that drew the ire of Republicans, about a dozen women congregated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday to protest the delay on confirming Loretta Lynch.

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

March 26, 2015

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

March 25, 2015

A 30-minute “pray-in” organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehner’s office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

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