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.

Photos of the Week: Farewell to George H.W. Bush Edition
The week of Dec. 3 as captured by Roll Call's photojournalists

Mike Dean, chief upholsterer of the House of Representatives, vacuums the Lincoln catafalque as the Capitol prepares for the arrival of former President George H.W. Bush’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

This week, Congress paused to pay respects to the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at age 94.

Here’s the entire week in Washington:

A Life in Photos: George H.W. Bush
The 41st president died Friday at 94

President George Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, at an inauguration ball in 1989 after he was sworn in as the 41st president of the United States. (Andrea Mohin/CQ Roll Call file photo)

George H.W. Bush died Friday at 94. The 41st president — and 43rd vice president, and onetime congressman, CIA director, United Nations ambassador, Republican National Committee chairman, oil tycoon and World War II naval pilot — was also father to the 43rd president, George W. Bush. 

The younger Bush in a statement Friday remembered Bush Sr. as “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”

Photos of the Week: Lame Duck, New Member Orientation and Official Class Photos
The week of Nov. 12 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Rep.-elect Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., arrives for New Member Orientation at the Courtyard Marriott in Southeast D.C., on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The midterms have come and gone and it’s back to the Hill for members new and old. The lame duck sessions in the House and Senate gaveled in Tuesday while new member orientation kicked off its first week.

The chambers, along with orientation, recess next week for the Thanksgiving holiday and will start up sessions again the week of Nov. 26.

Election Day 2018 in Photos
Roll Call's photographers are in Virginia and Florida to cover the midterms in America

GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott holds the hand of his grandson, Auguste, during his election night party in Naples, Fla., after he declared victory over Sen. Bill Nelson in the state's Senate race. His daughter, Allison, and son-in-law, Pierre Guimard, also appear. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 12:36 a.m. on Nov. 7 | The midterms are winding down as Democrats claim control of the House and Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Roll Call's photographers have been covering the day from Florida to Virginia.

The Florida Senate race appears to be an upset of incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The seat will go to Republican Gov. Rick Scott who spoke from his election night party in Naples, Fla. 

Roll Call on the Road: The 2018 Midterms in Pictures
Our photographers traveled the country to cover the 2018 campaigns

Harley Rouda, a Democrat running in California’s 48th District, speaks with supporters on May 20 during a campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif. Rouda later advanced to the general election against GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Roll Call photographers have traveled from Maryland to California and Texas to Montana to capture images of the midterm campaigns.

Photos of the Week: Kavanaugh Protests and Tension on High as Senators Cast Historic Vote
The week of Oct. 1 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Ben Bergquam, left, who supports Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, argues on Thursday with protesters opposed to the nomination. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All eyes were on the Senate last week. Results of the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were considered late Wednesday and Thursday by senators. And by Friday, a majority of them were ready to vote

Protests against the nominee erupted across the Capitol throughout the week as activists made their opinions known, both for and against.

Photos From the Road: Beto and Willie for Texas
Roll Call photographer Bill Clark traveled to Austin for Saturday’s concert

Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat challenging GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, joins Willie Nelson onstage in Austin on Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

First, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz had to contend with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke. But on Saturday, Cruz had to contend with O’Rourke and Willie Nelson.

Nelson headlined a a free concert and voter turnout rally in support of O’Rourke in the state capital of Austin, where the two appeared onstage together at one point to sing “On the Road Again.” 

Photos of the Week: A Historic Hearing and Vote as Nation Watches Hill
The week of Sept. 24 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

A group of women are arrested after sitting-in on First Street outside of the Supreme Court as  nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

A very long and powerful week has nearly come to a close in Washington. Senators reached a deal Friday to delay a floor vote on the Supreme Court nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault by the nominee.

Earlier in the week, the Supreme Court pick’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified in the Senate, followed by testimony from Brett Kavanaugh. 

Whodunit? A Note of Encouragement Awaits Ford in Senate Judiciary Room
The note, photographed Wednesday afternoon, reads ‘Good luck, Dr. Ford’

An anonymous message wishes Christine Blasey Ford words of encouragement ahead of her testimony on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just hours until one of the most anticipated Senate hearings in decades, someone has left a message for Christine Blasey Ford.

It’s unknown who left a note that says, “Good luck, Dr. Ford,” on the witness table where the California professor will testify about accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who is also set to testify on Thursday.