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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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House Majority PAC Cancels Miami, St. Louis and Boston Buys

Sept. 26, 2012

House Majority PAC has canceled airtime aimed at House races in the pricey Miami, Boston and St. Louis markets.

Florida: DCCC Cancels Week of Airtime in Allen West Race

Sept. 25, 2012

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee canceled a week of airtime in Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) district starting Oct. 9, according to multiple sources tracking the buy.

Pennsylvania: GOP Poll Shows Tie in 12th District Race

Sept. 25, 2012

A new GOP poll shows a dead heat between Rep. Mark Critz (D) and attorney Keith Rothfus (R) in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Triage Looms Over Campaigns

Sept. 21, 2012

For Congressional incumbents seeking re-election, the most vicious part of every cycle awaits: triage. In the coming weeks, the national party committees will decide which races are deemed winnable and merit their resources - resources Members themselves donated and helped raise - and which should be abandoned.

Daily Ad Track

Sept. 21, 2012

Congressional Republicans are using their 2010 playbook in ads today, as they go on offense and play defense in various races around the country. Meanwhile, Democrats are picking up on 2012 trends: personally criticizing one's opponent and going creative.

Mitt Romney's Incredible Shrinking Coattails

Sept. 19, 2012

Republican nominee Mitt Romney's turbulent few weeks underscore a new reality for embattled Congressional Republicans: They might be on their own in November.

New England Republicans, More Democrats Decry Mitt Romney's Comments

Sept. 18, 2012

At least two Republican Senate candidates have publicly disagreed with their presidential nominee’s view that the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes consider themselves “victims” and are “dependent upon government.”

Ohio: Charlie Wilson Poll Shows Tied Race With Bill Johnson

Sept. 18, 2012

The campaign of former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D) released a poll Tuesday showing him in a dead heat with freshman Rep. Bill Johnson (R).

Potential 2016 Candidates Start Iowa Visits

Sept. 17, 2012

Forget 2012. Who’s ready for the next presidential race?

DSCC, NRSC Fuel Battle for Indiana Senate Seat

Sept. 17, 2012

The Hoosier State officially became a Senate battleground last week as both parties dropped six-figure ad buys into the race.

Pennsylvania: Mike Fitzpatrick Airs First TV Spot

Sept. 12, 2012

Updated | 2:06 p.m. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) will air his first television advertisement of the general election today against his opponent, attorney Kathy Boockvar (D).

Hawkeye State Races All Turn Competitive

Sept. 12, 2012

When the presidential campaigns bombarded Iowa over the summer, there was an unintended consequence: Every House race in the state became more competitive.

House Majority PAC Hits Six Districts With Negative Ads

Sept. 12, 2012

A Democratic super PAC will blitz six House districts with $2.2 million worth of television advertisements starting today.

Oklahoma: Markwayne Mullin Treated for Tear in Esophagus

Sept. 11, 2012

Plumbing company owner Markwayne Mullin made an unexpected trip to the hospital over the weekend to treat “a small tear” in his esophagus, according to the 2nd district GOP nominee’s Facebook page.

Illinois Democrats Lower Expectations of Gains

Sept. 10, 2012

Illinois has been one of the most important battlegrounds for House Democrats this cycle. It's a state where they expected to make up for redistricting losses in more conservative territory.

Iowa: Chris Christie to Campaign for Steve King

Sept. 10, 2012

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state next week to boost Iowa Rep. Steve King (R).

John Kerry, Jennifer Granholm Give Surprisingly Strong Speeches at DNC

Sept. 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) assailed the Republican presidential nominee from his home state for his lack of foreign policy tonight, giving one of the most energetic and blistering critiques of Mitt Romney so far.

Joseph Biden Makes Case for Barack Obama as Decisive Leader

Sept. 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Vice President Joseph Biden used the auto industry and Osama bin Laden in his long-winded critique of the Republican presidential ticket as he accepted the nomination to run for a second term.

Gabrielle Giffords' Pledge Provides Touching Moment Amid Partisan Jabs

Sept. 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) recited the Pledge of Allegiance tonight at the Democratic National Convention, igniting a crowd chanting, “Gabby! Gabby!”

Dick Durbin, Barack Obama Get Prime-Time Speaking Slots, But Not Joseph Biden

Sept. 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will introduce President Barack Obama during prime time this evening at the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

After Two Losses, Pennsylvania’s Patrick Murphy Waits in the Wings

Sept. 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) still works the Democratic National Convention like he’s a candidate.

Michigan: Kerry Bentivolio Wins GOP Nod for Special Election

Sept. 5, 2012

Reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio will get a head start on Congress if he wins in November.

Ted Strickland Can Light Up a Room. Now What?

Sept. 5, 2012

On the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland blew the party faithful away with his speech highlighting economic comeback stories in his home state.

Keith Rothfus Gets His Two Minutes, 237 Words of Fame at the RNC

Aug. 31, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. - There was only one number on Keith Rothfus' mind Tuesday morning as he greeted his fellow Pennsylvania Republicans at an airport hotel breakfast: 3:53.

In the Future, a Southern Route to the White House

Aug. 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. - Republicans put Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin delegates front and center at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in a nod to the vital Midwest battleground states.

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