JM Rieger

Congresswoman Who Survived Jonestown Attack Now Staring Down Sexual Harassment
 

Who is Rep. Jackie Speier? The California Democrat, who is making headlines for her bill to prevent sexual misconduct in Congress, is also a survivor of the 1978 Jonestown massacre when she traveled to the commune as a legal aide to Rep. Leo Ryan. Roll Call sat down with Speier in 2015 to discuss the incident, where she was shot five times as part of a delegation to the cult’s commune in South America.

Saturday, Nov. 18, will be the 39th anniversary of the assassination attempt.

Natives on the Hill Aims to Be an Antidote to Homesickness
Three staffers launch new group for fellow Native Americans

Natives on the Hill co-founders, from left, Renée Gasper, Catelin Aiwohi and Kim Moxley. (Courtesy Sen. Tom Udall’s office)

A new staff association hopes to help Native Americans feel at home in D.C.

“A lot of us are away from home, and so there’s a community element to it. It’s harder to feel Indian sometimes in D.C. because you’re disconnected from ceremonies, cultural events,” said Kim Moxley, co-founder of Natives on the Hill. “It’s like a ‘battling homesickness’ mechanism.”

New Member: Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi Elected in Illinois’ 8th District
Seat opened after incumbent Rep. Tammy Duckworth left to run for Senate

Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democrat candidate for Illinois’ 8th Congressional district, is projected to win by the Associated Press. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi will defeat Republican Peter DiCianni in Illinois’ 8th District, The Associated Press projects.

Krishnamoorthi led DiCianni 60 percent to 40 percent with 80 percent of precincts reporting.

Florida GOP Primaries Will Shape Next Year's Conference
Five of the state's 8 open seats are safe for Republicans

Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida's 2nd District, has the support of the House Freedom Fund. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a third of Florida's delegation retiring at the end of this term, open-seat races dot the Sunshine State's redistricted congressional map.

Five of the open eight House seats are in Safe Republican districts, which means the winners of Tuesday's primaries will likely be the next members of Congress.

Establishment-backed Republican Unseats House Freedom Caucus Member
Tim Huelskamp is the fourth House incumbent to lose this year

Roger Marshall, who was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, unseated three-term Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the Republican primary on Tuesday. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three-term Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp lost his primary to OB-GYN Roger Marshall in the sprawling 1st District of Kansas Tuesday night.   

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Marshall unseated Huelskamp 56 to 44 percent. 

Millennials Rage Against the Machine (and Lose)
2016 has not been a good year for young Democratic hopefuls

New Jersey congressional candidate Alex Law had a plan, just not a viable one. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alex Law came to our candidate interview with three interns, and I think one of them was wearing shorts.  

Some of my colleagues chastised me for scheduling a meeting with a 24-year-old kid challenging Rep. Donald Norcross in a Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st District, considering Norcross comes from one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most powerful political families.  

Bill Nelson Asks Rhetorical Questions
 

Roskam Twitter Wars With Jake Tapper
Illinois congressman is defending his beloved deep-dish pizza

Chicago-area Reps. Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren got into a food fight with CNN's Jake Tapper. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call)

On Wednesday, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., was featured in Roll Call’s Chicago-style pizza tasting  dishing on deep dish pizza. On Thursday, he was defending the city's signature dish.  

Around 10 a.m. on Thursday, Roskam tweeted that a pizza museum was coming to Chicago next month. CNN’s Jake Tapper, a Roll Call alum, responded , “doesn’t make much sense given the bread pie Chicago thinks is pizza.” And the battle was on.