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22 Images That Defined 2018 in Congress: Photos of the Year

Roll Call’s photographers captured moments from the halls of Congress to the campaign trail

1. FEBRUARY 7: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters as she leaves the House chamber in the Capitol after holding her filibuster focusing on DACA for eight-plus hours. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

2018 is wrapping up on the Hill, while uncertainty remains on federal funding for much of the government in fiscal 2019. In short, it’s another year in Congress

Roll Call reviewed its archives from Capitol Hill to Laguna Beach, California (and all the campaigns in between), and picked 22 of our favorite images from the year.

Here’s the year in photos (and watch this video for more of our favorites that hit the cutting room floor):

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: A U.S. Capitol Police officer stands guard at Rev. Billy Graham's casket as his body lies in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
2. FEBRUARY 28: A Capitol Police officer stands guard at Rev. Billy Graham’s casket as his body lies in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 13: Evelyn Black, 2 1/2, of Capitol Hill, walks through about 7000 pairs of shoes that are displayed on the east lawn of the Capitol on March 13, 2018, to represent the 7000 children who were killed by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
3. MARCH 13: Evelyn Black, 2 1/2, of Capitol Hill, walks through about 7,000 pairs of shoes that are displayed on the east lawn of the Capitol to represent the number of children who were killed by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 20: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., closes the door as he prepares to hold a press conference following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Also pictured, from left, are Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
4. MARCH 20: Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., closes the door as he prepares to hold a press conference following a House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol. Also pictured, from left, are Reps. Don Bacon, R-Neb., Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on the protection of user data in Hart Building on April 10, 2018.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
5. APRIL 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce panels on the protection of user data in the Hart Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives with her newborn baby Maile to cast a vote on the Senate floor on Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
6. APRIL 19: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives with her newborn baby, Maile, to cast a vote on the Senate floor — a historic first for a senator. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 24: Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary, leaves Dirksen Building after a meeting with Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on April 24, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
7. APRIL 24: Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary, leaves Dirksen Building after a meeting with Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Jackson would later withdraw as nominee to this position. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 17: The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen through rain drops on the skylight of the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
8. MAY 17: The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen through rain drops on the skylight of the Capitol Visitor Center. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
MAY 20: Harley Rouda, Democrat running for California's 48th Congressional district seat in Congress, speaks with supporters during his campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Sunday, May 20, 2018. California is holding its primary election on June 5, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
9. MAY 20: Harley Rouda, Democrat running for California’s 48th District seat in Congress, speaks with supporters during his campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif. Rouda went on to win the seat, defeating incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 7: Caps fans celebrate on G Street NW shortly before the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Knights 4-3 to capture the team's first Stanley Cup on June 7, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
10. JUNE 7: Caps fans celebrate on G Street NW shortly before the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Knights 4-3 to capture the team’s first Stanley Cup. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNE 14: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R- La., is congratulated by teammates after throwing out the first runner of the night during the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 14, 2018. Scalise was critically wounded in last year's Republican baseball practice shooting. Appearing from left, are Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Scalise, Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Mark Walker, R-N.C. The Democrats prevailed 21-5. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
11. JUNE 14: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R- La., is congratulated by teammates after throwing out the first runner of the night during the 57th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. Scalise was critically wounded in last year’s Republican baseball practice shooting. Appearing from left, are Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Scalise, Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Mark Walker, R-N.C. The Democrats prevailed 21-5. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
July 4: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chats with Little Miss 4th of July before the start of the Ripley 4th of July Grand Parade in Ripley, West Virginia Wednesday July 4, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Ca
12. July 4: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chats with Little Miss 4th of July before the start of the Ripley 4th of July Grand Parade in Ripley, W.Va. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Ca
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Vice President Mike Pence, center, is seen in the Senate Reception Room as Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., right, conducts a meeting, after the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol on July 10, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
13. JULY 10: Vice President Mike Pence, center, is seen in the Senate Reception Room as Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., right, conducts a meeting, after the Senate Policy lunches in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
AUGUST 19: Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., talks with constituents before a parade at Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Mont., on August 19, 2018. Tester is being challenged by Republican Matt Rosendale for the Senate seat. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
14. AUGUST 19: Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., talks with constituents before a parade at Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Mont. Tester survived a midterm challenge from Republican Matt Rosendale. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 1: Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and their son, Jimmy, follow an Honor Guard carrying his casket out of the Washington National Cathedral after his funeral on September 1, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
15. SEPTEMBER 1: Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and their son, Jimmy, follow an Honor Guard carrying his casket out of the Washington National Cathedral after his funeral. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPT 6: Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court testifies before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
16. SEPT 6: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
SEPTEMBER 27: Rachel Mitchell, counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, questions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as Senators, from left, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, listen during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)
17. SEPTEMBER 27: Rachel Mitchell, counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, questions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as senators, from left, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, listen. The hearing focused on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh went on to be confirmed by the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
 SEPTEMBER 29: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to the crowd at his Turn out For Texas Rally, featuring a concert by Wille Nelson, in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
18. SEPTEMBER 29: Democratic candidate for Senate from Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks to the crowd at his Turn Out For Texas Rally, featuring a concert by Wille Nelson, in Austin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 4: Protesters opposed to Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh take over the atrium of the Hart Senatre Office Building on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Capitol Police were on the scene arresting protesters. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
19. OCTOBER 4: Protesters opposed to Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh take over the atrium of the Hart Building. Capitol Police were on the scene arresting protesters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 17: A Capitol Police officer takes a selfie with the NHL's Stanley Cup in the Capitol on October 17, 2018. The Cup, which was won by the Washington Capitals in June of this year, made a few stops on Hill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
20. OCTOBER 17: A Capitol Police officer takes a selfie with the NHL’s Stanley Cup in the Capitol. The Cup, which was won by the Washington Capitals in June of this year, made a few stops on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 6: Irene Parave cheers during an election night party for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), in Naples, Fla., before Scott declared victory in Florida Senate race with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on November 6, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
21. NOVEMBER 6: Irene Parave cheers during an election night party for Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in Naples, Fla., before Scott declared victory in the Senate race with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on election night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 4: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge looks down as Sully, former US President George H. W. Bush's service dog, visits the Capitol Rotunda as the former president lies in state Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
22. DECEMBER 4: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge looks down as Sully, former President George H. W. Bush’s service dog, visits the Capitol Rotunda as the former president lies in state. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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