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Shira T. Center

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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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Portman, Cruz to Serve as NRSC Vice Chairmen

Nov. 14, 2012

Updated 3:37 p.m.| Senate Republicans named Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas to serve as vice chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Wednesday.

Cornyn Sees Lessons From 2012 Defeats

Nov. 14, 2012

Looking back on his role as National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he believes Republicans will learn from this election cycle’s defeats to improve the way the party works with candidates and campaigns.

Can Moran Lead the GOP to Majority?

Nov. 13, 2012

If Senate Republicans are looking for a dream candidate to improve the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s fortunes, they won’t get much of a choice Wednesday, despite their private grumbling.

Portman Rules Out NRSC Bid

Nov. 13, 2012

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will not run for National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman in Wednesday’s leadership elections, according to a GOP aide familiar with his decision.

Donnelly's Long and Winding Road to the Senate

Nov. 12, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly soared down U.S. Route 41 in Indiana in his navy Jeep on the two-hour drive from Terre Haute to Evansville. It was the evening of Oct. 3, and after 18 grueling months of campaigning, Donnelly had received his best poll numbers yet that morning. Flanked by cornfields and Cracker Barrels, he believed he had finally put away his opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Team Obama Takes Victory Lap

Nov. 8, 2012

President Barack Obama’s campaign team took a final victory lap this afternoon, boasting of statistics in battleground states that brought their candidate a resounding victory on Tuesday.

Who Will Take the Reins of Senate Campaign Committees?

Nov. 7, 2012

The last GOP nominee had not yet conceded Wednesday and Senate Republicans had already started searching for a leader to find a path back to 51 seats.

Jerry Moran: I Have Enough Support to Win NRSC Chairmanship

Nov. 7, 2012

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced today that he has acquired enough support to win the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman post in the upcoming leadership elections.

Several Ex-House Members Coming Back

Nov. 7, 2012

UPDATED 4:00 a.m. | At least eight former House Members will return to Congress next year, and five of them are Democrats who were defeated in the GOP wave of 2010.

Beyond California, Six House Races Too Close to Call

Nov. 7, 2012

Razor-thin margins mean more than a handful of House races might not produce a winner today — or this week. There are still several races in Californiathathave yet to be called by the Associated Press. Here are the races outside the Golden State that remained too close to call as of this morning.

Indiana: Joe Donnelly Defeats Richard Mourdock

Nov. 6, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) has defeated state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) tonight, handing Senate Democrats another pickup, according to the Associated Press.

House Update: GOP Holds Majority as Incumbents on Both Sides Fall

Nov. 6, 2012

Updated 1:45 a.m. | House Republicans were wiped out in the Northeast in Tuesday’s elections, especially in New England, where there won’t be a single GOP Member returning to Congress next year.

The Recount Primer

Nov. 5, 2012

It’s the seven-letter word that operatives and politicians dread: recount. The process can drag out an expensive race long past Election Day.

Candidates Make Last-Minute Loans to Campaigns

Nov. 5, 2012

A slew of Congressional candidates dipped into their own wallets over the past week to fund one final push in their campaigns.

Presidential Campaigns Make Closing Arguments in Sprint to Election Day

Nov. 4, 2012

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made their closing pitches to swelled crowds of swing state supporters in the final weekend before voters deliver their verdict, while top surrogates hit the Sunday show circuit to spin their map to victory on Tuesday.

Indiana: Howey Poll Gives Donnelly Big Edge Over Mourdock

Nov. 2, 2012

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) led state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) by 11 points in the latest bipartisan survey from Howey Politics Indiana.

Illinois: Bloomberg Super PAC Buys $730K in Airtime for Robert Dold

Nov. 1, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC will back Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) with $730,000 worth of television ads, according to three GOP sources tracking media buys.

Candidates Abandon Campaign Trail to Dial for Dollars

Oct. 31, 2012

Congressional candidates don’t get out as much as they used to.

Joe Walsh Struggles With Crossover Appeal in Chicago Suburbs

Oct. 31, 2012

PALATINE, Ill. — Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R) and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth (D) have polar opposite personalities and politics. But they have one unusual similarity in this House race: They are both battling their national profiles to win this northwestern suburban Chicago House seat.

Changed Politics and District Haunt Judy Biggert in Illinois

Oct. 30, 2012

LEMONT, Ill. — Rep. Judy Biggert built a reputation as a genteel Republican willing to work across the aisle during her 14 years in Congress.

Robert Dold Fights District, Party Label in Bid for Second Term

Oct. 30, 2012

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Freshman Rep. Robert Dold boasts the dubious distinction of representing the most Democratic district of any Republican Member of the House.

House Majority PAC Airs Final Spots in Nine Races

Oct. 30, 2012

Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC today will announce its final flight of advertisements in nine key races.

Illinois: Democrats' Redistricting Crown Jewel Not as Royal as Expected

Oct. 30, 2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Democratic hopes of winning the House majority have been quashed, but in this northern Chicago suburb’s crowded village hall on a Saturday morning, one can see the glimmer of what might have been.

Indiana: Mourdock's Post-Debate Poll Shows Tied Race

Oct. 26, 2012

CHICAGO — Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s (R) campaign released a poll this morning showing a tied Senate race after his Tuesday night debate, when he called pregnancy from rape something that “God intended.”

No Room for Error in Indiana Senate Contest

Oct. 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — By now, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock should know when to hold his tongue.

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