Bill Clark

Photos of the Week: Congress Dashes to the Campaign Trail, National Gallery Wing Reopens
The week of Sept. 26 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Congress averted a costly (politically and financially) government shutdown this week after both chambers on Wednesday passed a stopgap funding measure to keep the federal lights on through Dec. 9. The president signed the bill into law Thursday.

Earlier in the week, some in the District watched the first presidential debate at the Capitol Lounge, where two impersonators dressed up as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Photos of the Week: May 12-16

   

This week was all about Police Week, the reopening of the Washington Monument and the Senate. It seems our friends on the south side of the Capitol needed a week away from Washington. Didn't they just have a two-week recess a few weeks ago? Regardless, CQ Roll Call photographers were here to bring you the news from around the Capitol.  

Behind the Photo: Mary Landrieu's Keg-Stand Assist

   

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(300x300) BATON ROUGE, La. — Soon after arriving in Louisiana to cover the Senate race, Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad and I found out Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy and Sen. Mary L. Landrieu would be campaigning at the massive alcohol-infused ritual that is Louisiana State University tailgating. With thousands of spirited football fans gathered for all day feasts on Cajun cuisine and every imaginable type of libation before the 6 p.m. kickoff of the LSU-Mississippi State game in Baton Rouge, I knew we were going to be witness to a spectacle with a high chance for the unexpected.  

Under My Umbrella | Capitol Lens

A tour guide holds up his yellow umbrella on Oct. 14 on the East Plaza of the Capitol as he gets his group to follow.

'When It Comes to Luck, You Make Your Own'

I am not a morning person. It's 5 a.m., my alarm is blaring at some random interstate-exit hotel near Montgomery, Ala., and all I want to do is go back to sleep. But I really want to get some beauty shots of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the town of Selma bathed in sunrise light for our coverage of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."  

The sun starts to peek over the treetops as I begin to walk across the bridge, shooting photos of mist on the Alabama River, reflections of the town on the water and, of course, the name of the bridge painted on the span itself. I notice a few camera crews hanging around and I write it off as the start of the media swarming this otherwise quiet Southern landmark for the anniversary. Then more media arrive, and it becomes apparent I have stumbled into an event I need to shoot. A press secretary arrives and informs us “he” will be arriving soon to walk across the bridge.  

Fall Frame | Capitol Lens

 

Colorful leaves frame the Capitol Dome on Monday.

Photos of the Week: Inauguration Plans Underway, Edison Statue Unveiled and More
The week of Sept. 19 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

This week in Washington saw the release of a Republican version of a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open after Oct. 1. But Democrats quickly rejected the bill, objecting to some of the text.

Meanwhile, the first nails in the Inauguration Day platform were ceremoniously struck into wood by congressional leaders, a reminder that Jan. 20 is now less than four months away. And a new statue arrived in Statuary Hall in the Capitol — Thomas Edison's mug joined the room for the state of Ohio. 

Bloopers: Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

The Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game can be a real challenge for a political photographer like me. Although I used to be a really good sports photographer — having covered every level of competition from tee ball to the Olympics in my days working for daily newspapers — one gets a bit rusty shooting slow-moving lawmakers around the Capitol full time.  

Hopefully you've already seen our gallery of the best photos from the game . It looks easy, doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at the ones that got away.  

Slideshow: Roll Call's 2014 News Photos of the Year

This year was a big one in political news — and that is reflected in our 2014 News Photos of the Year. More than half of our best photos of the year are a result of Roll Call's dedication to sending journalists on the road to see congressional campaigns on the ground.  

A photographer from one of our competitors approached me a few months ago for advice on how to get his publication to send him on the road. I told him the trick is having editors who already understand how photography adds a valuable dimension to political reporting.  

Slideshow: Roll Call's 2014 Feature Photos of the Year

In our 2014 Feature Photos of the Year, we bring you a look at some of our favorite moments of the past year — many in a lighthearted fashion.  

One of the things we love about shooting photos for Roll Call is the opportunity to capture the spectacle of Congress and politics just like a local community newspaper would cover its small town. The only difference is that our community is Congress, which lends itself to some compelling photographs beyond the headlines.  

This Is What Trump's Visit to the RNC Looked Like
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee met with with party leaders in D.C.

A circus descended on the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's meeting with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and other GOP leaders.  

Trump met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators after meeting with Ryan.  

Hillary Clinton Gets the Business in Coal Country
Protesters greet Democratic front-runner with taunts and insults

WILLIAMSON, W. Va — Several dozen protesters stood in a pouring rain for hours Monday to greet Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on her second campaign stop of the day.

The protesters, many of them coal miners, shouted "Go home, Hillary!" and chanted Republican front-runner Donald Trump's name as Clinton toured a health facility that treats coal miners with black lung disease.

15 Years Later, House Marks 9/11 Anniversary
Photos of the terrorist attacks from Roll Call's archive

Members of Congress returned to the steps of the Capitol Friday morning to mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was a scene reminiscent of the one that took place the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, when reeling lawmakers condemned the attacks that had taken place hours earlier in New York City, outside Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania, and prayed and vowed that the government would be open for business. On both occasions, the assembled members sang God Bless America.

As Americans prepare to mark the anniversary this weekend, Roll Call went into its archive for photos taken just after the attacks. 

Photos of the Week: Rotunda Reopens, Kaine Lunches with Democrats and House Marks 9/11
Congress returned to Washington and Roll Call's photographers were there

Congress is back in the nation's capital for at least a few weeks after a summer recess.

This week, the Capitol Rotunda reopened to the public after being closed for a portion of the summer to remove the interior scaffolding that shrouded the room for the better part of the building's renovation phase. 

Photos of the Week: Trump, Pence Roll Through Town, Library of Congress Gets Historic Leader
The week of Sept. 12 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

The week in Washington was capped off Friday with a visit by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Roll Call was in New Hampshire last weekend covering lawmakers on the campaign trail. This week, Trump's vice presidential candidate Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill and met with congressional Republicans. Members of the media got a sneak peek at the National Museum of African American History and Culture — opening to the public on Saturday, Sept. 24. And the Library of Congress got a new, and historic, leader. Carla Hayden will be the first female and first African American to helm the library.

Day 2: Arizona, Why Do You Hate Photographers?

Problem #1: I wake up at 5 a.m., because, you know, its 8 a.m. in D.C.  

Problem #2: The sun is already up.  

Westward Ho! Day 1 of Roll Call on the Road in Arizona

My alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. to give me enough for a quick shower, a shot of caffeine and a ride via Uber to National Airport for my 6 a.m. flight to Las Vegas via Atlanta. I get to the airport and guess what? The TSA lanes aren't even open. I could have slept another 30 minutes.  

Eventually, I get on the plane and land in Sin City, where I manage to bypass all the slot machines as I make my way to baggage claim and the shuttle bus to the rental car hub. Now comes my favorite part: I LOVE driving through the desert, and I now get to drive from Vegas to Tucson, taking in some absolutely spectacular scenery.