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Emma Dumain


Emma Dumain covers House leadership for Roll Call. From September 2011 to May 2013, she covered Roll Call's campus beat, where she wrote about the administration of the House and Senate, legislative branch appropriations, the Capitol Police and oversight of the District of Columbia, along with the myriad issues affecting Capitol Hill staffers and congressional support agencies.

A 2007 summer intern at Roll Call, Emma joined the publication full time in fall 2011 from Congressional Quarterly. There, she was first an editorial assistant and then a reporter, covering legislation as it moved through Congress with a focus on legislative branch spending, ethics, oversight and the postal service.

Emma is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she was editor-in-chief of the Oberlin Review, the official student newspaper.

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Stories by Emma Dumain:

Republicans Move to Ban Funding for Obama's Immigration Action

Nov. 13, 2014

A movement is growing among rank-and-file House Republicans to explicitly ban funding for White House executive actions on immigration.

Pelosi Defiant: 'When Was the Last Time You Asked Mitch McConnell' if He's Too Old? (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

In her first public remarks since Election Day last week, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her decision to run to keep her post atop the House Democratic Caucus, and doesn’t sound likely to relinquish it anytime soon.

Grijalva Faces Clear Path to Natural Resources Ranking Member

Nov. 12, 2014

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva is making his second bid in a year for ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee — but this time, he appears poised to win.

House Democrats Look for Answers, Accountability After Midterm Losses (Updated)

Nov. 12, 2014

Updated 3:34 p.m. | House Democrats came back to work Wednesday still reeling from last week’s bruising election results — and looking for answers about what went wrong.

Pelosi Downplays Seniority System in Endorsing Anna Eshoo for Committee Assignment

Nov. 10, 2014

On Monday afternoon, and for the third time this year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed her close friend and fellow Californian Rep. Anna G. Eshoo for ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee — and said House Democrats should consider seniority “a consideration” but “not a determination” in doling out committee leadership assignments.

Tim Walz Challenges Corrine Brown For Veterans' Affairs Seat

Nov. 7, 2014

Rep. Tim Walz will seek the ranking member seat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, setting up a potentially ugly fight when House Democrats are still reeling from Election Day losses.

Pelosi Seeks to Soothe Caucus in Post-Election Conference Call (Updated)

Nov. 6, 2014

Updated 9:39 p.m. | In a private call with her restive — and shrinking — flock — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pointed to her fundraising prowess as a reason to keep her post — while some of her top allies blamed President Barack Obama for the party’s woes.

Power Plays: House Gavel and Ranking Member Battles (Updated)

Nov. 6, 2014

Updated Nov. 17, 11:18 a.m. | As the 114th Congress begins to take shape, members of the House from both parties are angling for new roles on committees. CQ Roll Call is following every twist and turn in this running tally.

What Election Night Meant for House Democratic Leadership

Nov. 6, 2014

Despite midterm losses of at least 13 House seats, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is unlikely to face any serious calls to step down as the leader of the Democratic Caucus, party insiders tell CQ Roll Call.

Despite Drubbing, Pelosi and Hoyer Plan to Stick Around

Nov. 5, 2014

Not 24 hours after Tuesday’s elections, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle were looking to get out in front of their bids to stay in leadership.

Garamendi Challenging DeFazio for Transportation and Infrastructure

Nov. 5, 2014

Democratic Rep. John Garamendi is challenging Rep. Peter A. DeFazio for the ranking member slot on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Grijalva Eyes Comeback Bid on Natural Resources Committee

Nov. 5, 2014

After falling short last year, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will try to win the ranking member slot of the Natural Resources Committee for a second time, the Arizona Democrat’s office confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

Pelosi to Seek Re-Election for Democratic Leader

Nov. 5, 2014

The suspense is over: In the quickest announcement in three cycles regarding her political future, Nancy Pelosi is asking to be re-elected as leader of the House Democratic Caucus.

For Cummings, a Higher Profile Means Getting Things Done

Nov. 4, 2014

BALTIMORE — There are many things Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants people to know about him. One is that his constituents love him.

New Republicans Will Strengthen Boehner's Hand in 114th

Nov. 3, 2014

Republican gains in the House Tuesday aren’t expected to top what the party was able to accomplish in 2010, but even modest inroads will change the status quo on Capitol Hill.

Indicted Grimm Says Financial Services Chair Saving Him a Seat

Oct. 28, 2014

If outgoing House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas decides to challenge Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the Financial Services gavel and succeeds, it wouldn’t be a setback for just the current chairman.

For 'The Gipper': Scalise Rallies GOP With 1964 Reagan Speech

Oct. 27, 2014

On Monday, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., gave his 233 House Republican colleagues and a handful of congressional candidates a virtual pep talk, emailing around a copy of President Ronald Reagan’s famous “A Time for Choosing” speech, along with a note on its significance.

Cynthia Lummis: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' After Husband's Death

Oct. 26, 2014

Alvin Wiederspahn, a former state legislator and the husband of Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, R-Wyo., died Friday at the age of 65, according to a statement from the lawmaker on Saturday.

GOP Gavel Fights: 11 House Committee Chairmanships In Play

Oct. 23, 2014

Almost every House member is on the stump this month, wrapping up re-election bids, with most cruising to new terms and a handful on both sides of the aisle scrambling to hang on to their jobs. But for a select few GOP lawmakers — those actively seeking committee chairmanships — the final days before Nov. 4 are as much about lining up support among colleagues as they are about connecting with voters.

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

Oct. 22, 2014

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

Energy and Commerce Rivals Battle to the Wire

Oct. 22, 2014

Since January, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Anna G. Eshoo have been positioning themselves as the obvious choice to be the top Democrat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

Before Ending Chairmanship, Issa Sets Ebola Hearing for Oversight

Oct. 17, 2014

California Republican Darrell Issa has a well-deserved reputation for finding ways to bring the issue of the moment into his committee’s jurisdiction.

GOP Lawmakers: Congress Should Pass Ebola Travel Ban

Oct. 17, 2014

Will the House interrupt its recess to vote on a travel ban or visa suspensions to prevent the further spread of Ebola on U.S. soil?

The Softer Side of Don Young: A Counterpoint

Oct. 16, 2014

Adjectives such as “kind,” “caring,” “fatherly” and “honest” wouldn’t prompt most people to conjure up an image of Rep. Don Young.

Don Young: the Kodiak Bear of Capitol Hill (Video)

Oct. 16, 2014

He’s flouted ethics rules. Twisted a staffer’s arm. Even allegedly threatened a life, telling his Democratic challenger this fall that the last person to touch him “ended up on the ground dead” — a fact he told CQ Roll Call there was “some truth” to.

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