Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Swalwell’s sass, Rubio shares a passage and the library’s project for veterans

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Meet the new members, voting behind the scenes, and a new iconic political kid photo

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

There Will Be More Latinos in Congress Than Ever
42 Hispanic members will serve in the 116th Congress

With Washington Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s re-election win made official Wednesday night, Congress is set to see its largest ever class of Latino lawmakers. 

There will be at least 42 Latinos serving, between both chambers, come January.

Members Worry as Justice Ginsburg Is Hospitalized
RGB fractured ribs in a fall

The news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized had members of Congress hoping for her quick recovery.

Ginsburg was admitted to George Washington Hospital with three broken ribs on her left side following a fall in her office on Wednesday night.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Massie asking questions about life in the minority, Mast protecting dogs, and watch Schumer's reaction

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

For Post-Election Comfort, Try Therapy Dogs
Dozens of congressional staffers surrounded three dogs on Wednesday morning

Hans the Portuguese water dog yawned. “Same,” a congressional staffer said. It was a long election night for political junkies, and it wasn’t over yet as of Wednesday morning.

Still, the sun was finally out in Washington, and it felt like another quiet recess day on Capitol Hill, with no members in sight until party leaders arrived for press conferences later in the afternoon.

What’s Next for Beto O’Rourke?
He ruled out a 2020 bid before he lost the Senate race

Democrat Beto O’Rourke pledged to keep to keep working for Texans in his concession speech on Tuesday after losing his bid for the Senate to Republican Ted Cruz.

“What I pledged on behalf of all of us is that in this time of division, with the country as polarized as I can remember it in my life, all of this bitterness, if there is anything we can do to help him in his position of public trust to ensure that Texas helps lead the country in a way that brings us back together around big things we want to achieve…I want to work with him,” he said of his conversation with Cruz in conceding the race.

Polis Makes Another Bit of History With Governor Win
Colorado congressman becomes first elected openly gay chief executive of a state

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado made history Tuesday when he was elected the nation’s first openly gay governor.

The five-term congressman announced in June 11 2017 that he would be retiring from the House to run for governor. He beat Republican Walker Stapelton to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Word on the Hill: The Morning After
More results rolling in, McCaskill’s next move is to have a drink, and Boyle’s message to Trump

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Democrats Start the Party as Jennifer Wexton Flips Virginia Seat
As the results rolled in, Democrats in Dulles snapped pictures of the TV screen

DULLES, Va. — Hundreds of energetic Democrats spilled into the ballroom where Jennifer Wexton is holding her election night party in Virginia’s 10th District.

It turned into a victory celebration even faster than many had hoped. CNN declared it a win for Wexton well before 8 p.m., projecting she would unseat Rep. Barbara Comstock in one of the first red-to-blue flips of the night as Democrats aim to take back the House.

Word on the Hill: Election Day
Where to watch Election Night in DC, inauthentic authenticity, and campaign 2018 in photos

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

A Definitive Ranking of Midterm Celebrity Stumpers
Actors, singers and sports legends got involved in 2018. But how much did they really do?

If an Instagram post falls in the middle of election, does it make a sound?

Celebrities got a lot of credit for their political moonlighting this campaign cycle, from Beto-mania to … well, Beto-mania. But let’s be honest: How much did they really do?

Millennials Are TOTV. (That’s Texting Out the Vote)
With people hunched over their screens, it looked like any other day at WeWork

Pizza and cold brew fueled volunteers at the Chinatown WeWork on Monday night as they shot out appeals to people thousands of miles away. They were for one reason: to TOTV.

That’s text out the vote, in case you didn’t know. Dozens of millennials hunched over their phones and computers, pinging people in Louisiana and Georgia. Their message was simple: Get to the polls.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Crenshaw and NRCC respond to Pete Davidson, Stephen King on Steve King and Mrs. Rocky’s endorsement

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

This Is Jackie Speier’s Survival Guide, Timed for Election Day
‘Undaunted’ comes out Nov. 6

Jackie Speier is no stranger to political violence. During the Jonestown massacre of 1978, cult members shot her at point-blank range — and that was just the beginning.

Death threats. Scars. A male colleague at the statehouse who, after hearing her speak on abortion, told her menacingly, “Jim Jones didn’t finish the job.”

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Rudy, who’s Don? Watson Coleman is recovering, and John Lewis makes Pharrell happy

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

5 Not-So-Newbies to Watch on Election Day
These midterm candidates were once congressional staffers

It’s no secret that those who come to Capitol Hill to work behind the scenes may have political aspirations of their own.

Dozens of current lawmakers were congressional staffers in a previous life. (We feature them once a month in Roll Call’s Staffer News.)

No Campaign, No Gain
How can you help your party (and your career) while you’re stuck in D.C. on Election Day

For staffers who live and breathe politics, it can be tough being stuck in D.C. during the final election countdown.

“It feels a lot like sitting on the sideline during the biggest game of the season,” a Republican aide said.

Right Up Until His Death, He Told Barbara Lee to ‘Keep Breaking Through’
California Democrat was often the only African-American and woman in the room

Rep. Barbara Lee spent her birthday with her former boss, the late Ronald V. Dellums, just two weeks before the fellow California Democrat died in July.

Their relationship dates back to 1974, when she interned with him during the hectic Watergate summer.

Some Golf, Listen to Pacino on Election Day. But Hold the Scotch
Superstitions range from the sartorial to the gastronomic when it comes to elections

It comes every two years. Many of them have survived it before. Some have personally knocked on doors for their boss. Yet every Election Day can feel like the first for those who work on Capitol Hill.

There’s nothing left to be done. Campaigns have ended, and the voters are in charge now. All staffers can do is sit and wait as their jobs — and control of both chambers — hang in the balance.