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Shira T. Center


Shira T. Center (née Toeplitz) is the politics editor for Roll Call. One of the Beltway’s best campaign reporters and analysts, she has covered politics from Alaska to New Hampshire and everywhere in between for nearly a decade.

During her tenure at Roll Call, Shira was the first national reporter to interview Sen. Al Franken after his election and the last to do an extended interview with Sarah Palin before she was selected as the GOP vice-presidential pick. An authority on congressional races, Shira spearheaded her publication's coverage of the decennial redistricting process following the U.S. Census. She possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the demographics and geography of Congressional districts and she can articulate the intricacies of voting rights laws in digestible and interesting ways.

A frequent guest on cable news programs, Shira has offered commentary on politics and campaigns for ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and FOX. She has been a featured speaker at her alma mater, Northwestern University, as well as at American University and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She regularly speaks to Running Start, a nonpartisan program for collegiate women in politics, and serves on that group's Advisory Council.

Shira has worked in Washington as a political reporter and writer since 2005. She was formerly a staff writer for Politico and for National Journal’s the Hotline, and her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post and Washingtonian.

Shira graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, earning honors for her thesis on gender and political communications. Shira hails from Pittsburgh and is an avid Steelers fan. She currently lives in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood with her husband and cat, who are also Steelers fans.

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Charlie Dent, the New GOP Voice of Moderation

Oct. 2, 2013

In a matter of months, a once-discreet Rep. Charlie Dent has emerged as the new spokesman for the House GOP’s moderate wing.

Spencer Bachus Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2014

Sept. 30, 2013

Longtime Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, according to several local news outlets and a statement from his office.

Kyle All Smiles With Birth of Smallest Politics Reporter

Sept. 27, 2013

Roll Call politics reporter Kyle Trygstad announced the birth of his first child, Michaela Rayne Trygstad, on Friday afternoon.

Ex-Congresswoman Won't Seek Rematch in New York | #NY24

Sept. 25, 2013

Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek a rematch with her two-time rival, Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y.

DeMaio Considers Bid for Mayor After Bob Filner's Resignation

Aug. 23, 2013

Republican Carl DeMaio’s campaign confirmed late Friday that he is speaking with supporters who are urging him to run for mayor now that disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has submitted his resignation.

Ex-Congressman Won't Attempt Comeback Bid in Pennsylvania | #PA12

Aug. 14, 2013

Former Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., will not attempt a congressional comeback bid in 2014, opting to seek statewide office instead.

Ex-Bush Aide Elise Stefanik Will Challenge Bill Owens #NY21

Aug. 6, 2013

Former Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik will announce her bid to challenge Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., on Tuesday, kicking off her quest for one of the GOP’s most elusive House seats in the Empire State.

Vitter Super PAC Rakes In Big Bucks for Re-Election or Gubernatorial Bid

July 11, 2013

A super PAC that supports Sen. David Vitter raised a whopping $750,000 in the past six months to aid the Louisiana Republican’s re-election or a possible gubernatorial bid in the next couple of years.

Lamar Alexander Buys Pre-Emptive TV Ad Featuring Rand Paul

July 5, 2013

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., placed a six-figure television buy more than a year ahead of Tennessee’s primary, enlisting Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as a guest star, according to an Alexander spokesman.

Rick Perry Signs Texas Congressional Map Into Law

June 26, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed the Lone Star State’s new congressional map into law, ending the state’s long and twisted redistricting saga of the 2012 cycle.

4 Effects of Voting Rights Ruling on 2014 Midterms

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act will change the country’s politics. And in some cases, the change could come as soon as 2014.

Supreme Court Strikes Key Parts of Voting Rights Law (Updated)

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court has ruled key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, dealing a disappointing decision to minority voting rights activists and asking Congress to develop new guidelines for the landmark law.

3 Ways to Rule on the Voting Rights Act

June 18, 2013

The Supreme Court is expected to rule next week on Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires certain states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval for any changes to voting laws.

Exclusive: Peter Roskam Expands Political Operation | Shop Talk

June 17, 2013

A top House Republican, Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, will expand his political operation in the coming weeks by dispatching his longtime top aide to the campaign trail.

Texas Members May Face Remap Redux

June 16, 2013

When the Supreme Court takes on a key part of a voting rights law later this month, Texas Democrats will be watching more closely than anyone on Capitol Hill.

Democratic Super PAC Goes on TV for Markey #MASEN

June 6, 2013

Senate Majority PAC, a top Democratic super PAC, announced plans for a “major statewide buy” Thursday in the special election in Massachusetts.

Top Democratic Senate Prospect Won't Run #WVSEN

June 3, 2013

Attorney Nick Preservati will not run for Senate in West Virginia, forcing Democrats to continue their search for a strong recruit in the 2014 battleground state.

Michele Bachmann Will Not Seek Re-Election #MN06

May 29, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek re-election in 2014.

Senate Candidate Recruitment Timelines Compared

May 9, 2013

Both parties suffered Senate recruitment setbacks last week when incumbent House members announced their decisions not to run statewide in 2014. But is it too early to declare a recruitment failure for either party in these races?

Detroit Democrats Expected to Flood Peters House Seat #MI14 | The Field

May 2, 2013

Now that Democratic Rep. Gary Peters has officially entered the Michigan Senate race, Detroit-area Democrats have started to eye his House seat for 2014.

Gary Peters Kicks Off Senate Bid #MISEN

May 2, 2013

Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., officially entered the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin on Wednesday during a visit to his great-great-grandfather’s house in Rochester Hills.

Todd Young for ... ? #INSEN #INGOV

May 1, 2013

When does a website signal a politician’s aspirations? When it changes.

Pennsylvania GOP Hopes to Avoid Corbett Ticket Drag #PAgov

April 30, 2013

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s tumble in the polls has made Republicans nervous about four pivotal Philadelphia-area House districts.

Gary Peters to Enter Michigan Senate Race #MIsen

April 29, 2013

Rep. Gary Peters will announce his campaign for Senate on Wednesday, giving Democrats a top candidate to run for the open seat in Michigan.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: I am NOT Retiring #FL27

April 26, 2013

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is not retiring from Congress — much to the chagrin of Democrats eyeing her increasingly competitive Miami-area seat.

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