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A Stuffed Bear, a Trump Air Kiss and More: 33 Photos That Defined 2016

The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

1. Jan. 5: Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern has his shoes shined by Vinson Gales in the basement of the Cannon Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Bill Clark and Tom Williams
CQ Roll Call

With 2016 almost in the books, Roll Call is taking a look through its photo archives for some of our best images of the year.

From Washington to the campaign trail, here is the year in photos:

2. Jan. 12: Indiana Rep. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/28062?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Andre Carson</a> takes a photo of fellow House Democrats as they wait for President <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7612?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Barack Obama</a> to deliver his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
2. Jan. 12: Indiana Rep. Andre Carson takes a photo of fellow House Democrats as they wait for President Barack Obama to deliver his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
3. Jan. 15: Former President Bill Clinton reaches for a young boy's hand after a campaign event as he helps promote his wife, Democratic presidential candidate <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7201?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton</a>, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
3. Jan. 15: Former President Bill Clinton reaches for a young boy's hand after a campaign event as he helps promote his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
4. Jan. 22: Snow-covered nuns from the Fraternite Notre Dame in Chicago stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, following the annual March for Life. Snow began to fall early afternoon as approaching blizzard conditions threatened to shut down the Washington area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
4. Jan. 22: Snow-covered nuns from the Fraternite Notre Dame in Chicago stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, following the annual March for Life. Snow began to fall early afternoon as approaching blizzard conditions threatened to shut down the Washington area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
5. Jan. 27: In this long exposure photo, a giant poster of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on display in supporter George Davey's backyard in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
5. Jan. 27: In this long exposure photo, a giant poster of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands on display in supporter George Davey's backyard in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
6. Feb. 21: T.J. Vanderford, from the Pahrump Best Western maintenance crew, carries "D"s to the hotel's sign at the site of a campaign rally for Texas Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/44748?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Ted Cruz</a> in Pahrump, Nev. The sign read "TE CRUZ" until they could find a "D" back in the office. The Nevada GOP caucus took place two days later. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
6. Feb. 21: T.J. Vanderford, from the Pahrump Best Western maintenance crew, carries "D"s to the hotel's sign at the site of a campaign rally for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Pahrump, Nev. The sign read "TE CRUZ" until they could find a "D" back in the office. The Nevada GOP caucus took place two days later. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
7. March 2: Rose Harper, a student from Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., right, stands in disbelief as she sees the Stanley Cup up close alongside her friend, Audrey McDaniel, second from right, in the office of Illinois Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/176?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Richard J. Durbin</a> on Capitol Hill. Durbin's office displayed the trophy after the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 Stanley Cup. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
7. March 2: Rose Harper, a student from Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., right, stands in disbelief as she sees the Stanley Cup up close alongside her friend, Audrey McDaniel, second from right, in the office of Illinois Sen. Richard J. Durbin on Capitol Hill. Durbin's office displayed the trophy after the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 Stanley Cup. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
8. May 24: New Jersey Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/50223?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Cory Booker</a> sits on the floor as he meets with eighth graders from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart on their end of year trip to Washington, in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. In an unofficial rite of passage, thousands of middle school students visit the nation's capital each year after studying United States history in school. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
8. May 24: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker sits on the floor as he meets with eighth graders from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart on their end of year trip to Washington, in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. In an unofficial rite of passage, thousands of middle school students visit the nation's capital each year after studying United States history in school. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
9. June 14: New Hampshire Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/1444?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Jeanne Shaheen</a>'s staffers Scott Merrick, left, and Kevin Travaline move a stuffed bear into position next to a stuffed moose in the senator's lobby in the Hart Senate Office Building. The staff unloaded a truck full of food and drink, along with the bear and moose, in preparation for the Experience New Hampshire event being held the following Wednesday in the Russell Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
9. June 14: New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's staffers Scott Merrick, left, and Kevin Travaline move a stuffed bear into position next to a stuffed moose in the senator's lobby in the Hart Senate Office Building. The staff unloaded a truck full of food and drink, along with the bear and moose, in preparation for the Experience New Hampshire event being held the following Wednesday in the Russell Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
10. June 23: GOP second baseman Illinois Rep. Robert J. Dold leaps for a high throw during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
10. June 23: GOP second baseman Illinois Rep. Robert J. Dold leaps for a high throw during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
11. June 23: Kentucky Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/31236?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Rand Paul</a> bats during the Republicans' 8-7 victory over the Democrats in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
11. June 23: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul bats during the Republicans' 8-7 victory over the Democrats in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
12. July 19: A man attempts to take a selfie as GOP convention attendees try to cover an anti-Trump protester with American flags inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
12. July 19: A man attempts to take a selfie as GOP convention attendees try to cover an anti-Trump protester with American flags inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
13. July 20: Arizona Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/26?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">John McCain</a> reads the headlines announcing Donald Trump's delegate count victory at the Republican convention as he rides the train to the Grand Canyon out of Williams, Ariz. (Daniel A. Anderson/ CQ Roll Call file photo)
13. July 20: Arizona Sen. John McCain reads the headlines announcing Donald Trump's delegate count victory at the Republican convention as he rides the train to the Grand Canyon out of Williams, Ariz. (Daniel A. Anderson/ CQ Roll Call file photo)
14. July 20: Donald Trump joins Indiana Gov. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7522?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Mike Pence</a> onstage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
14. July 20: Donald Trump joins Indiana Gov. Mike Pence onstage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
15. July 25: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake returns to the podium after forgetting to use the gavel as she opens the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
15. July 25: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake returns to the podium after forgetting to use the gavel as she opens the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
16. July 25: Connor Garrett, 9, of Connecticut, and his father, Dan, walk down Broad Street during a march by supporters of Vermont Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/509?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Bernie Sanders</a> on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
16. July 25: Connor Garrett, 9, of Connecticut, and his father, Dan, walk down Broad Street during a march by supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
17. July 28: Democratic candidate <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7201?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton</a> reacts to the pyrotechnics display as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, joins her onstage after her acceptance speech for the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
17. July 28: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to the pyrotechnics display as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, joins her onstage after her acceptance speech for the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
18. July 28: Secret Service agents guard the stage as balloons drop at the end of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7201?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton</a> became the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party for president of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
18. July 28: Secret Service agents guard the stage as balloons drop at the end of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party for president of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
19. Aug. 14: Pennsylvania Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/422?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Patrick J. Toomey</a>, his wife Kris, daughter Bridget, 16, and sons Patrick, 14, and Duncan, 6, check out a 1960 Corvette at a car show in Nicholson, Pa., during his statewide bus tour. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
19. Aug. 14: Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, his wife Kris, daughter Bridget, 16, and sons Patrick, 14, and Duncan, 6, check out a 1960 Corvette at a car show in Nicholson, Pa., during his statewide bus tour. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
20. Sept. 14: D.C. Del. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/98?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Eleanor Holmes Norton</a> pinches the cheek of California Rep. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/61?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Grace F. Napolitano</a> during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup on Capitol Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
20. Sept. 14: D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton pinches the cheek of California Rep. Grace F. Napolitano during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup on Capitol Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
21. Sept. 15: The door of the Senate subway train to the Russell building closes on North Carolina Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/293?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Richard M. Burr</a>'s leg as he leaves the Capitol following a vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
21. Sept. 15: The door of the Senate subway train to the Russell building closes on North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr's leg as he leaves the Capitol following a vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
22. Sept. 27: Hahn/Cock, a sculpture by Katharina Fritsch, is on display at the the newly renovated National Gallery of Art’s East Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
22. Sept. 27: Hahn/Cock, a sculpture by Katharina Fritsch, is on display at the the newly renovated National Gallery of Art’s East Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
23. Sept. 28: Senate pages hang out in the Capitol subway before the Senate passed a 10-week continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
23. Sept. 28: Senate pages hang out in the Capitol subway before the Senate passed a 10-week continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
24. Oct. 19: Protesters erect a cardboard wall in front of the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas during the Culinary Union's Wall of Taco Trucks protest on the day of the final presidential debate in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
24. Oct. 19: Protesters erect a cardboard wall in front of the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas during the Culinary Union's Wall of Taco Trucks protest on the day of the final presidential debate in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
25. Oct. 19: DCCC Chairman <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/28688?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Ben Ray Luján</a> of New Mexico, left, speaks with entertainer Wayne Newton before the start of the final debate between Donald Trump and <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7201?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Hillary Clinton</a> at UNLV in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
25. Oct. 19: DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, left, speaks with entertainer Wayne Newton before the start of the final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
26. Oct. 31: Rene T, who declined to provide his full last name, wears a "Bill on Capitol Hill" costume as he jumps in the air while a friend takes photos on the U.S. Senate steps at the U.S. Capitol on Halloween. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
26. Oct. 31: Rene T, who declined to provide his full last name, wears a "Bill on Capitol Hill" costume as he jumps in the air while a friend takes photos on the U.S. Senate steps at the U.S. Capitol on Halloween. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
27. Nov. 9: Protesters burn an effigy of Donald Trump in Lee Circle before a march through New Orleans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
27. Nov. 9: Protesters burn an effigy of Donald Trump in Lee Circle before a march through New Orleans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
28. Nov. 15: Hundreds of Washington, D.C.-area high school students swarm the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court as they march through the nation's capital, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
28. Nov. 15: Hundreds of Washington, D.C.-area high school students swarm the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court as they march through the nation's capital, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
29. Nov. 16: California Sen.-elect <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/97833?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Kamala Harris</a> is surrounded by reporters who were questioning California Sen. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/80?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Dianne Feinstein</a>, after the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership elections in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
29. Nov. 16: California Sen.-elect Kamala Harris is surrounded by reporters who were questioning California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, after the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership elections in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
30. Nov. 18: A Senate aide checks to see if incoming Senate Minority Leader <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/371?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Charles E. Schumer</a> is ready for an interview in his Capitol Hill office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
30. Nov. 18: A Senate aide checks to see if incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is ready for an interview in his Capitol Hill office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
31. Nov. 30: From left, Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, Vice President-elect <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/7522?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Mike Pence</a>, and House Speaker <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/523?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Paul D. Ryan</a> conduct a photo-op with the media before a meeting in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
31. Nov. 30: From left, Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan conduct a photo-op with the media before a meeting in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
32. Nov. 30: Ohio Rep. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/14895?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Tim Ryan</a>, at podium, speaks with the media in the Longworth House Office Building after losing the race for top House Democrat to House Minority Leader <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/35?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Nancy Pelosi</a>. Also appearing are, from left, Reps. <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/29509?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Marcia Fudge</a> of Ohio, <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/14170?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Stephen F. Lynch</a> of Massachusetts and <a class="memberLink" title="Click to view member info in a new window" href="http://data.rollcall.com/members/54915?rel=memberLink" target="_blank">Ruben Gallego</a> of Arizona. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
32. Nov. 30: Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, at podium, speaks with the media in the Longworth House Office Building after losing the race for top House Democrat to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Also appearing are, from left, Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts and Ruben Gallego of Arizona. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
33. Dec. 2: New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel is interviewed by Roll Call in his Rayburn building office. Rangel is retiring after serving 23 terms in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
33. Dec. 2: New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel is interviewed by Roll Call in his Rayburn building office. Rangel is retiring after serving 23 terms in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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